28 Sep 2017

Fiji draws up plan to fight forest fires

8:45 am on 28 September 2017

A team from the organisation Foresters without Borders Australia is in Fiji to discuss the development of a draft National Forest Fire Management Strategy.

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The visit this week forms part of activities under the REFOREST Fiji project, managed by the Pacific Community and financed by the European Union.

The experts will work towards increasing awareness of forest fire management with the aim of developing a national strategy for managing forest fires.

There are about 80,000 hectares of timber plantations in Fiji consisting primarily of Caribbean Pine and Mahogany.

The SPC said there was also increasing interest and activity in planting tree crops for bioenergy and environmental benefits in Fiji.