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Focus on policies

Repeka Nasiko
Wednesday, May 21, 2014

FOREST policies need to be realistic, says Secretariat of the Pacific Community Land Resources Division deputy director Sairusi Bulai.

Mr Bulai said some policies had been around for so long and yet, did not realise the objectives that State officials were trying to achieve.

"We have to go wider and we have to identify the reasons people clear forests, and that means we also have to go outside the forestry sector," he said.

"We need to go to the agriculture sector because we clear forests to do agriculture work and plant vegetables and fruits for consumption. We have other sectors like building and mining.

"Unless you consult with these sectors, we really can't deal with the main issues like conservation and sustainability of our forests.

Mr Bulai said in Fiji, the framework for sustainable land use in the 2007 Fiji Forest Policy was a positive development.

"Fiji's first forest policy was done up in the 1950s and then the new one that we have was endorsed in 2007 which is a little better in terms of the process of how it was formulated because there was a lot of consultations with all of the sectors involved including the communities."

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