We have a collective responsibility to ensure that Fiji’s forests resources are managed sustainably.
This was highlighted by the Minister for Forests Osea Naiqamu while addressing forestry stakeholders in the Northern Division.
Naiqamu stated that there has to be a balance between generating income from forests and protecting our environment.
“This means that while we want to create wealth from our forest resources, we have to strike a balance between generating economic activity on the one hand and expanding our resources and protecting our natural environment and ecosystems on the other hand,” he said.
“The balance that we strike will ensure that our forests are able to provide for our Nation now and well into the future. This is a responsibility that we should all accept.”
Naiqamu pleaded with the stakeholders to work closely with Government through the Ministry in addressing key issues that affect our society, from sustainable forests management to economic growth and climate change.
“You will be aware that Fiji continues to play a leading role in the world in promoting climate change. This has very close connections with forestry because our forests can be used to mitigate climate change,” he said.
Naiqamu also added that the Ministry was able to recruit adequate staff to be positioned in key operation areas throughout the country.
“We will work closely with you all to capture what is considered information that is already a legal requirement”.
“This will be used for decision making to guide our policies for the benefit of you all and the nation.”
There were more than 50 stakeholders present at the consultation.