REPUBLIC OF KOREA DONATES US$ 50,000 TO SPC FORESTS AND TREES ACTIVITY

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SECRETARIAT OF THE PACIFIC COMMUNITY

MEDIA RELEASE SEPTEMBER 7, 1998

The Government of the Republic of Korea is donating US$ 50,000 to the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), to support an activity on the improved use of forest and tree resources in Pacific island countries over the next two years.

Of the 22 Pacific island countries and territories served by the SPC, the majority are small or atoll islands. The limited forest and tree resources available, including coconut trees, have traditionally provided shelter, soil protection, wood for houses, canoes and other uses, food, medicines, fuel and other products to sustain the livelihoods of the people. In the larger island countries, forests have also provided government revenue, employment and income generating opportunities.

However, population and development pressures have led to the steady loss and degradation of much of these forest and tress resources, with serious impacts on the sustainable livelihoods and quality of life of the people, and on the longer term economy of the countries.

The donation by the Government of the Republic of Korea was handed over by Mr. Byung-rok Moon, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea in Fiji, to Dr. Bob Dun, Director-General of the SPC, on Monday, September 7, 1998 in Suva, Fiji.

This donation will be used to second a Pacific Island forester to the SPC Regional Forestry Programme for two years to implement the above activity.

Inquiries: Project Coordinator E-mail: tang@spc.org.fj

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