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Wakatu Campaign Launched

The Permanent for Secretary iTaukei Affairs, Naipote Katonitabua, yesterday launched the Wakatu Campaign at the Grand Pacific Hotel. He said the ground-breaking event marked a milestone event of Government’s determination,
27 May 2016 12:20
Wakatu Campaign Launched
The former Permanent for Secretary iTaukei Affairs, Naipote Katonitabua.

The Permanent for Secretary iTaukei Affairs, Naipote Katonitabua, yesterday launched the Wakatu Campaign at the Grand Pacific Hotel.

He said the ground-breaking event marked a milestone event of Government’s determination, to champion sustainable development and ensured that the needs of the Fijian people remained the cornerstone of combined efforts, as they moved towards a better Fiji.

Mr Katonitabua said as they embarked on this journey, the course must remain fixed on sustainable environments as outlined in Fiji’s Green Growth Framework, which was launched by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama in June 2014.

Fiji, he said, had ratified and was committed to various international mechanisms to promote sustainable management.

The issues he said were localised in the National Green Growth Framework to be implemented in the much awaited 5-20 Year National Development Plans.

The central principle being inclusiveness, integration and partnerships between both private, civil society and non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

The problem he said was how they treated the soil.

“Losing good healthy soil is hurting our homes, our villages and our communities,” he said.

This, he said, was why sustainable land and forest management was so critical.

Mr Katonibau said the land was the foundation of our communities, our tradition and our culture.

The Permanent Secretary for Fisheries and Forests, Samuela Lagataki, who was also a guest speaker said his ministry had an obligation to not only promote economic development but to also promote and adopt strategies that ensured sustainable development of natural resources through the two important sectors of fisheries and forests.

Director of Land Resources Planning and Development Nacanieli Waka said Fiji had limited flatland with only about 16 per cent in total classified as arable and was good for some sort of agricultural development.

He said demand from land users was high and they continued to push for drastic economic development in all sectors to increase GDP and achieved forecast growth.

He said all were aware that the impacts of land degradation and climate change had become major concerns in the global environmental agenda.

Climate change and land degradation he said represented one of the greatest challenges to sustainable development.

He said the launch of the Wakatu  Campaign was timely and his ministry  was committed to working with the other ministries and the region to bring solutions to the people through this campaign.

Edited by Manasa Kalouniviti

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