Fiji Time: 7:39 AM on Friday 19 January

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Archives » Article Index

Forest wardens to represent ministry

Manasa Kalouniviti
Thursday, November 09, 2017

"YOU will be representing Bainimarama, you'll be representing the Minister of Forests and all those within his ranks in the monitoring and conservation of our forests in your provinces."

These were the words of Minister for Forests, Osea Naiqamu to the 29 graduating provincial forest wardens at the Forestry Training Centre in Colo-i-Suva yesterday.

Mr Naiqamu told the graduates that Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and other government ministers were in Bonn, Germany, leading the climate change conference where Fiji had assumed the presidency of COP23.

"And one of the issues that relate closely to climate change is the conservation of our forests," he said.

"I thank the graduates from the different provinces for their perseverance and resolve to be able to graduate today as forest wardens, as I understand that you went through a very intensive training course and on behalf of Government I wish to congratulate you for your achievement. Today is also a new day as we are graduating the pioneer lot of forest wardens and I'm urging you all to work with Government in the conservation and sustainable development of our forest resources."

Mr Naiqamu said one of the key implementing challenges in the National Forest Policy was the need to build capacity and to support forest owners in sustainably managing their forests.

"These trained forest wardens will assist and support the work of the ministry at community level working with the local conservation officers, turaga ni koro and other relevant stakeholders. This collaboration is our first step towards more inclusiveness of resource owners to manage their resources."

He said Fiji continued to see growing pressure on its forest resources because of the increased demand for timber and other forest products.

"The resource owners' aspirations for increased benefits from the use of their land for other uses and the ongoing conversion of forest land places a significant role on the ministry staff to facilitate and monitor everything. And the appointment of forest wardens will ease some of this workload," he said.

"They are also expected to play some role in educating their communities in some of these challenges and improve awareness in their communities on such issues."

Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.62430.6053
JPY 56.394453.3944
GBP 0.36130.3533
EUR 0.41130.3993
NZD 0.69520.6622
AUD 0.63140.6064
USD 0.50390.4869



Exchange Rate updated on 18th, January, 2018

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Trip turns tragic
  2. Mela beats the odds
  3. Tube ride to school
  4. Ill will aside
  5. FLP searches for party leader
  6. Call to save reefs
  7. Konrote joins walk
  8. River swim to reach school
  9. Protecting the Great Sea Reef
  10. Fiji NSWRL bid team receive endorsement

Top Stories this Week

  1. Fitting farewell for Bill Friday (12 Jan)
  2. Trip turns tragic Thursday (18 Jan)
  3. Love will keep us together Sunday (14 Jan)
  4. $100 a day Sunday (14 Jan)
  5. Air NZ confirms incident Friday (12 Jan)
  6. Capt William calls it a day after 45 years Sunday (14 Jan)
  7. Mela beats the odds Thursday (18 Jan)
  8. Nadi man dies in crash Wednesday (17 Jan)
  9. National strike if no resolution, says FTUC Sunday (14 Jan)
  10. Teachers transfer policy Monday (15 Jan)