12th December 04:07 PM
Consultation held to inform and educate stakeholders on the legislation dealing with the forests sector
By Lena Reece
Monday 12/02/2018
Minister for Forests Osea Naiqamu

“Any environmental activity we do within natural resource areas needs consideration on the long-term impacts, availability of these resources and the environmental services it offers for future generations."

Minister for Forests Osea Naiqamu highlighted this while speaking at the forest industry and exporters consultation held in Suva to inform and educate all stakeholders on the processes and legislation dealing with the sector.

He adds that the consultation was important so that everyone understands the various processes and legislation that is in place for the forest sector.

Ministry of Forests acting permanent secretary Bernadette Welch says the consultation allowed for the discussion of industry and exporter concerns on export restrictions, requirements and Environmental Impact Assessments and any other pertinent issues regarding both Environment and Forest regulations which may need clarification.

Welch also stressed that the Forest Industry needs to consider the economic value of its’ resources, the domestic needs and how they need to also derive economic benefits from these for the resource owners, industries and our economy.

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