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REDD+ Programme To Enhance Forest Carbon Balance

The Fiji REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation)  policy has the overall objective of enhancing the natural forest-based carbon balance. The National REDD+ programme works with the local
28 May 2016 08:15
REDD+  Programme To Enhance Forest Carbon Balance

The Fiji REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation)  policy has the overall objective of enhancing the natural forest-based carbon balance.

The National REDD+ programme works with the local communities to convert degraded grasslands and idle degraded land into productive forests.

This will help expand forest carbon sinks and restore the forest ecosystem.

Permanent Secretary for Fisheries and Forests Samuela Lagataki said he encouraged the development of a communication and engagement strategy promoting good understanding and informed participation in Fiji’s REDD+ programme.

“More than 60 participants from various agencies and sectors contribute towards the establishment of the National REDD+ steering committee and + policy.

“The initial drafting of the Fiji REDD+ policy in 2009 already saw stakeholders identifying the need for an inclusive, transparent and effective communication and decision-making structures across different sectors and levels of governance,” Mr Lagataki said.

REDD+ adviser and team leader Bjoern Hecht said it was very important for the people to know the importance of climate change and its effects.

“We are trying to support and strengthen the initiative that address the drivers of forest-based carbon emission sand and sinks.

“We are also looking for reducing emissions from deforestation via forest protection and improved forest management,” he said.

The policy states that the Fiji REDD+ programme will put in place an effective communication and awareness strategy capable of ensuring an efficient, effective, and transparent flow of information.



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