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 and FAO support Kids to Forest Initiative of Live and Learn Environmental Education
Friday, 11 November 2011 14:09

A pilot initiative to create awareness amongst youth and communities to appreciate the benefits of forests was recently piloted in Fiji with the sup....

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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 We....

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SPC supports capacity building for forestry sector in the Pacific region
Friday, 23 September 2011 09:14

‘Capacity building is essential if Pacific Islands are to meet the challenges of sustainable forest resource management.’ So said Acting Director of S....

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SPC encourages conservation and sharing of forest genetic materials within the region
Monday, 19 September 2011 15:12

Deforestation, degradation and loss of valuable forest and tree genetic resources are having negative impacts on the livelihoods and well-being of P....
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We acknowledge our major donors/partners in supporting Forestry initiatives in the Pacific