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Training Boosts Forest Conservation

Some of the new emerging areas in the forestry sector have been addressed in a six-month training conducted at the Forestry Training Centre at Colo-i-Suva. The Permanent Secretary for Fisheries
29 Aug 2015 09:53
Training Boosts Forest Conservation
Industrious award winner Lusiana Tuvou. Photo: Jona Konataci

Some of the new emerging areas in the forestry sector have been addressed in a six-month training conducted at the Forestry Training Centre at Colo-i-Suva.

The Permanent Secretary for Fisheries and Forests, Inoke Wainiqolo, while officiating in the graduating ceremony at the centre yesterday, said the new areas included climate change, biomass for wood energy and forest ecosystem services.

He said the training helped the country to improve its forest conservation and management.

Thirty-two officers graduated yesterday – 16 forest technicians who completed a six-month Forest Technician Condensed Course and 16 Forest Harvesting Supervisors who completed a year-long training.

“Better training is needed to develop a highly skilled workforce and sufficient professional staff for the sector,” Mr Wainiqolo said.

“This is especially in the field of forest conservation, forestry extension, forest silviculture, forest management, forest harvesting and forest utilisation.

“After this training, you will return to your area of work and will take up more responsibility as you used to do before,” he said.

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