Western forest wardens receive allowances

Minister for Forests Osea Naiqamu (centre) with Western Division forest wardens during the launch of the Forest Warden First Allowance Payout in Lautoka. Picture: REINAL CHAND

NINE forest wardens from the Western Division have received allowances from the Forestry Ministry to continue with conservation efforts in their areas.
Fiji’s Forestry Minister Osea Naiqamu said one of the implementation priorities of the Fiji Forest policy was the shift to landowner’s involvement and community-based sustainable forest management.
“In this regard, the ministry is mandated to train resource owners on the environmental requirements of the Fiji Forest Harvesting Code of Practice 2013 and any other environmental protection requirements stipulated in the management and harvesting licences,” Mr Naiqamu said.
He said once trained, the resource owners would also monitor environmental standards.
“The commencement of training for the forest wardens started in October 2015, and continued till August 2017. A total of four modules were covered during the program and 29 participants graduated in 2017.”
He said the forest wardens were selected based on areas where forest harvesting activities took place, including maritime islands, distance to the nearest forestry station, communities with forest protection and reserve areas, fire prone and degraded areas and biodiversity hotspot areas.

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