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Logging challenge for Fiji

Dawn Gibson
Saturday, March 22, 2014

DEFORESTATION may not be an issue in Fiji, but logging has proved to be a major problem for the department, which continues to fight loggers exploiting large forests.

This was a point raised at yesterday's International Day of Forests celebration by Conservator of Forests Samuela Lagataki, who said since 2009 logging had remained an issue which required much attention.

"In 2009, there was a study undertaken in Fiji to really identify what are the real issues relating to the sustainability of our forests and compare it to other countries where deforestation is a big problem," Mr Lakataki said in an interview.

"But forest degradation, which means the forests are degraded from logging, where forests have been cut and large trees are just removed and that's our biggest problem right now."

He said since that study was undertaken, they had been working on ways in which they could better forest conditions and monitor logging activities.

"We've taken positive steps to try and curb the degradation problem and we'll continue to do so."

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