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Carbon trading looms

Verenaisi Raicola
Friday, September 24, 2010

NEW developments such as carbon trading and improving markets for forest products will be considered in the Fiji Forest Decree.

This is what stakeholders were told at the final consultation on the revised decree in Suva mid-week.

The revised decree is in final draft form with the workshop aiming to clear the final few issues that needed stakeholder endorsement.

The previous piece of legislation (1992) was seen as outdated with very little sustainable management and conservation components.

Forestry permanent secretary Commander Viliame Naupoto said their department currently operated on a 20-year-old decree. He said a review was necessary because there was a gradual shift from the forestry sector to production and sustainable forest management as well as conservation.

Commander Naupoto said in November 2007 Cabinet passed the National Forestry Policy that talked about areas that shifted the sector from being production-oriented to a more sustainable management perspective with conservation.

He said the forestry sector was now also influenced by global factors such as climate change and carbon trading.

"That is why the review is timely. The forestry sector stands in the middle influencing fisheries and agriculture sectors and that is why it is very important. If we do not manage our forests wisely then the other two sectors will be affected," he said.