Wednesday 9th November, 2011, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva
The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) is coordinating the participation of 18 Pacific Island delegates in the second Asia Pacific Forestry Week (APFW) currently being held in Beijing, China.
The participation of the Pacific delegates is made possible through the generous support of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the German development cooperation agency GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit), the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the National Forest Programme Facility.
According to Forests and Trees Coordinator for SPC’s Land Resource Division (LRD), Mr Sairusi Bulai, participating in such gatherings provides excellent opportunities to raise the profile of the Pacific and to inform the international community of not only our challenges, but importantly of the many good things that are being done on the ground by these countries.
‘Yes, we face many challenges, but many opportunities have also emerged to strengthen and support our work towards the sustainable management of our forest and tree resources, and some countries are already taking advantage of them.’
‘So many times we have only dwelled on our problems, failing to mention the many good things that are also happening on the ground, and failing to share the many good lessons learnt from these experiences,’ said Mr Bulai.
‘With the above in mind, we will be organising, with the help of our partners, a couple of side events during this Asia Pacific Forestry Week in Beijing. At the first one, on "Opportunities in Pacific Forestry", we will be, through a number of country presentations, showcasing some of our success stories in forestry in the Pacific.’
‘The second one will be on REDD+ activities in the Pacific to inform the international community of what countries in the Pacific are doing on climate change in terms of reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation.’
He added that this is the first time that SPC will be organising Pacific side events in an international forestry gathering and that SPC is looking forward to an exciting and successful outcome in Beijing this week.
The theme of the forestry week is ‘New Challenges – New Opportunities’, and the side events have been organised to further emphasise the theme in the Pacific context.
Hanington Tate, Acting Director of Vanuatu’s Department of Forestry, believes that participating in such events helps raise awareness around the world about the Pacific region as well as allowing Pacific Island countries and territories to learn from others.
‘It broadens our thinking and enables us to think of forestry in a global context and to also tell the world about the region’s perspectives on the global issues such as the role of forestry in relation to climate change, poverty alleviation and food security.’
A total of 50 participants are expected to attend this side event, which aims to provide them an opportunity to learn more about the Pacific forestry sector.
The goal of APFW is to provide a platform for the exchange of experiences, ideas and provide the opportunity for better collaboration to address challenges ahead.
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