Forest and Trees

Forests and trees play significant roles in the lives of Pacific Islanders, economically, socially, culturally and environmentally. In many Pacific island countries, especially on the smaller islands and atolls, agroforestry and tree crops provide most of the food, medicines, construction materials, firewood, tools and myriad of other products and services that cannot be replaced with imported substitutions. For the larger countries, forests have contributed significantly into their economic development in terms of foreign exchange earnings, employment and infrastructure development. Thus, a major challenge for Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs) is to ensure sustainable management of their scarce and diminishing forest and tree resources, taking into account demands for economic development and the social and environmental needs of their growing populations, LRD-SPC is addressing this under its Forest & Tree programme.

SPC supports participation of Pacific delegation at Asia Pacific Forestry Week
Tuesday, 08 November 2011 22:28

The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) is coordinating the participation of 18 Pacific Island delegates in the second Asia Pacific Forestry Week (APFW) currently being held in Beijing, China.

The participation of the Pacific delegates is made possible through the generous support of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, the German development cooperation agency-GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit), the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the National Forest Programme Facility.

According to Forests and Trees  Coordinator for  SPC’s Land Resource Division (LRD), Mr Sairusi Bulai, participating in such gatherings provides excellent opportunities to raise the profile of the Pacific and to inform the international community of not only our challenges, but importantly of the many good things that are being done on the ground by these countries.

‘Yes, we face many challenges, but there are also many opportunities to strengthen and support our work towards the sustainable management of our forest and tree resources that have emerged which some of our countries are already working on.’

‘So many times we have only dwelled on our problems, failing to mention the many good things that are also happening on the ground, and sharing the many good lessons learnt from these experiences,’ said Mr Bulai.

‘With the above in mind, we will be organizing, with the help of our partners, a couple of side events during this Asia Pacific Forestry Week in Beijing. The first one will be on ‘Opportunities in Pacific Forestry where we will be, through a number of country presentations, showcasing some of our success stories in forestry in the Pacific.’

‘The second one will be on REDD+ activities in the Pacific to inform the international community of what countries in the Pacific are doing on climate change in terms of reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation.’

Bulai added that this is the first time that we will be organizing Pacific side events in such forestry international gatherings and we are looking forward to an exciting and successful outcome in Beijing this week.’

The theme of the forestry week is ‘New Challenges – New Opportunities’, and the side event has been organised to further emphasise the theme in the Pacific context.

Hanington Tate, Acting Director of Vanuatu’s Department of Forestry, believes that participating in such events helps raise awareness around the world about the Pacific region as well as allowing Pacific Island countries and territoriesto learn from others.

‘It broadens our thinking and enables us to think of forestry in a global context and to also tell the world about the region’s perspectives on the global issues such as the role of forestry in relation to climate change, poverty alleviation and food security.’

A total of 50 participants are expected to attend this side event, which aims to provide them an opportunity to learn more about the Pacific forestry sector.

APFW is aimed to provide a platform for the exchange of experiences, ideas and provide the opportunity for better collaboration to address challenges ahead.


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