FIJI hosted the 2nd United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) and the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCC) in Nadi on July 23.

The forum saw over fifty countries converged and discuss issues pertaining to sustainable forest management.

UNFF Forest Affairs Officer Benjamin Singer was satisfied that the Fiji had met all the requirements of the meeting as planned.

The weeklong meeting of Forestry stakeholders from the Pacific Islands included the Caribbean, Africa, Asia, Latin America including Small Island States is a follow up from consecutive meetings held earlier in Iran in September 2011, Niger in January this year, and most recently in September in Trinidad and Tobago.

“Whilst the main issue of relevance to the participating nations is to discuss the financing of Sustainable Forest Management, the gaps, obstacles and the need to enhance development in the industry, lessons learnt from this Fijian experience will certainly be replicated elsewhere in the world as part of our global integrated development”, Mr Singer added.

Fijian Minister for Primary Industries Joketani Cokanasiga opened the meeting. MES Project Manager Betani Salusalu attended the meeting and was pleased with the outcome.

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