PACIFIC FORESTRY MEETING NEXT WEEK IN FIJI

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PACIFIC ISLANDS FORUM SECRETARIAT Suva, Fiji Islands

 

PRESS STATEMENT April 12, 2002

Delegates from Forum member countries meet in Nadi, Fiji next week to discuss ways of using forest resources in a more sustainable manner.

Some of the problems in this sector include the impacts of deforestation as well as the need to conserve and protect unique forest resources. These efforts rely on international cooperation, capacity building and appropriate technologies.

The Nadi meeting will also evaluate the region's progress towards the implementation of the global initiatives proposed under the Inter-governmental Panel on Forests (IPF) and Inter-governmental Forum on Forest (IFF).

The meeting will identify which projects are priorities for possible assistance from members of the United Nations Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF). The outcomes will be submitted to the third United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) in June 2003 in Geneva, Switzerland.

The UNFF was established in October 2000 to promote and to strengthen the political commitment to sustainable forest management. The UNFF is closely linked to the World Summit on Sustainable Development.

The Nadi workshop is organized by the Forum Secretariat in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community and GTZ Forestry Program, and funded by the Australian Department of Fisheries and Forestry, the NZODA, and UNDP.

For additional information, contact: Ulafala Aiavao at UlafalaA@forumsec.org.fj 

Ulafala Aiavao Media Adviser Forum Secretariat Private Bag Suva, Fiji

Tel: (679) 220 220 Mob: (679) 998 674 Fax: (679) 305 554  Email: UlafalaA@forumsec.org.fj  Web: www.forumsec.org.fj  Mirror site: http://chacmool.sdnp.undp.org/pacific/forumsec/default1.htm 

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