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Tui Macuata issues reminder on importance of forests

People should be reminded that forests are the most bio­logically-diverse ecosystems on earth and, are home to more than 80 per cent of the terrestrial species of animals, plants and
22 Mar 2018 11:00
Tui Macuata issues reminder on importance of forests
Tui Macuata Wiliame Katonivere at the International Day of Forests 2018 at Katonivere Ground in Labasa yesterday. Photo: WATI TALEBULA

People should be reminded that forests are the most bio­logically-diverse ecosystems on earth and, are home to more than 80 per cent of the terrestrial species of animals, plants and in­sects.

Tui Macuata Ratu Wiliame Ka­tonivere, who was the chief guest at the International Day of For­ests 2018 in the Northern Division, made the statement at Katonivere ground, in Labasa, yesterday.

“This theme for the International Day of Forests 2018 is ‘Forests and Sustainable Cities (Let’s make our cities greener, healthier, happier places to live in,” Ratu Wiliame said.

“This year’s theme is most rele­vant because Fiji, like other island countries of the Pacific, is consid­ered one of the most vulnerable places on earth to the impacts of climate change.

“In this regards, we (must) en­sure that we properly build and en­hance our capacity to adapt to this change.”

Ratu Wiliame said that Fijians must all work together to protect the forests because the forests con­tributed to the well-being of the people.

“We need to ensure that our forests are made more resilient through their sustainable manage­ment … that they are able to cope with the impacts of climate change and continue to provide us with the numerous products and services that are vital to our survival,” Ratu Wiliame said.

“I must emphasise that we all have a collective role to play in this regard and would like to encourage everyone to celebrate International Day of Forests and to remember the importance of forests to our is­land of Vanua Levu, to Fiji and to our planet.”

Last year’s theme for the Interna­tional Day of Forests was “Forests and Energy”.

Edited by George Kulamaiwasa

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