Fiji Time: 5:53 AM on Wednesday 5 August

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Behaviour affects land use

Repeka Nasiko
Tuesday, May 13, 2014

THE huge loss of land from deforestation during natural disasters in the Western Division is an issue that concerns Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forests Lieutenant Colonel Inia Seruiratu.

While opening a forest policy course in Nadi yesterday, Lt-Col Seruiratu said while the economic disaster was huge, the environmental impact of the landslides were greater.

"We have progressed economically and while economic benefits are important, we also have to look at the social aspects and of course the environmental aspects as well where our disaster gap lies," he said.

"During recent disasters, our economic losses were huge because we can also admit the fact that we have acted irresponsibly."

He said the irresponsible act came from the lack of reforestation that was now being implemented by stakeholders.

"A few years back, we had two major floods in Fiji, one in January and one in March. The economic losses in those floods were huge."





Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.62240.6034
JPY 59.145156.1451
GBP 0.30290.2949
EUR 0.43130.4193
NZD 0.72550.6925
AUD 0.65190.6269
USD 0.47460.4576

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 4th August 2015

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. PM cuts off rumours
  2. Professional decision
  3. Accident claims teenager, driver on the run
  4. Full compensation denied
  5. Flying Fijians win Pacific Nations Cup
  6. Best for final
  7. Rain fails to deter spirits
  8. ABs to make changes
  9. Dedicated rooms for infant feeding
  10. Man in court for three counts of murder

Top Stories this Week

  1. Sex trafficking source Thursday (30 Jul)
  2. Teary farewell for trio Friday (31 Jul)
  3. Final goodbye Wednesday (29 Jul)
  4. Possible delay in military farewell, Tikoitoga busy Monday (03 Aug)
  5. PM cuts off rumours Tuesday (04 Aug)
  6. No say over lease Friday (31 Jul)
  7. Suspended teacher to explain Wednesday (29 Jul)
  8. Mind game Monday (03 Aug)
  9. Commander resigns Sunday (02 Aug)
  10. World cup dream for Lockington Monday (03 Aug)