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Officers reminded of care concept, partnership

Simione Haravanua
Tuesday, February 06, 2018

CONSERVATION and agriculture officers from around the country were reminded of the valuable knowledge and the importance of the land care concept.

While addressing officers at the closing of a workshop at Nadave in Tailevu on Friday, Ministry of iTaukei Affairs permanent secretary Naipote Katonitabua said there was a need to gain knowledge about land care concept and the importance of partnership at all levels in the sustainable management of our natural resource.

"More than 70 per cent of our land is non-arable land and 87.9 per cent of our lands are natively-owned, which brings us to the crucial issue of sustainable management of our land resources," he said.

"Fiji is a party to multilateral environment agreements, the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCC), United Nations Convention for Biological Diversity (UNCBD) and the United Nations Convention to combat Desertification/Land Degradation that were formulated as the outcome of Agenda 21."

Mr Katonitabua said commitments to international agreement could improve the wellbeing of Fijians in the future.

"In committing ourselves to the internationally-agreed Sustainable Development Goals, you will see that our national development plans that were launched in Bonn have given priorities to areas such as eradicating poverty, providing 100 per cent access to clean and safe water and proper sanitation, enhancing food and nutrition security and strengthening protection."

'Protection of our culture, heritage and natural environment under inclusive socioeconomic development in improving the wellbeing of all Fijians in the next five to 20 years," he said.

"Fiji, as the president of COP23, saw the delivery of many achievements, including the launching of ocean pathway partnership, finalisation of local communities and indigenous people platform and reached a historic agreement in establishing the Koronivia joint work on agriculture, to name a few.

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