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Sustainable development a must

Development projects must be carried out in line with sustainable environmental practices. This was the highlighted by the Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development Permanent Secretary Mr Meleti Bainimarama while opening the awareness workshop on climate change and REDD-Plus (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) in Suva last week. Mr Bainimarama said the days of when Government officials just […]

Nacanieli Tuilevuka

August 9, 2016 7:15 am

Development projects must be carried out in line with sustainable environmental practices.

PS Bainimarama opens the REDD+ Awareness workshop for Ministry staff
Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development while opening the awareness workshop on climate change and REDD-Plus in Suva. (DEPTFO)

This was the highlighted by the Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development Permanent Secretary Mr Meleti Bainimarama while opening the awareness workshop on climate change and REDD-Plus (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) in Suva last week.

Mr Bainimarama said the days of when Government officials just carried out one project after another without taking into account its environment impact were over as these days the effect of climate change had brought the sustainability issue to the forefront.

He added that the District Officer’s (DO’s) Office operates very differently from when he worked in the field 20 years ago when working with non-governmental organisations and civil society organisations were a “no, no.”

BAINIMARAMA: “As Fiji prepares to implement the programme by 2019, a lot of training in the past did not go to any use as we did not come to a common point and today we are feeling the effect. However, it has now become a norm to work closely with NGOs and CSOs as they are key players and through the REDD-Plus team I know you will learn a lot. I encourage you to learn as much as you can.”

Workshop Pariticipants with the team from the REDD Plus. (DEPTFO)
Workshop participants with the team from the REDD-Plus. (DEPTFO)

The workshop, which is being facilitated by the REDD-Plus secretariat in conjunction with the Ministry of Fisheries and Forests, aims to educate and sensitise officials from the Ministry of Rural and Maritime and the Ministry of Youth and Sports on the programme.

Mr Bainimarama told the officials that they must go back to the divisions and share the knowledge with the other ministries such as the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport and the Ministry of Fisheries and Forests.

The REDD-Plus attends to conservation of forest areas as it is considered carbon sink by absorbing carbon from the atmosphere.

Meanwhile, Fiji is taking the programme on board and has developed the Fiji REDD-Plus Policy, formed the National REDD-Plus Steering Committee and accessed finance from the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility for the Readiness phase until 2019.

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