[Press-releases] PLANNING WORKSHOP FOR THE DRAWA MODEL AREA FOR COMMUNITY-BASED FOREST MANAGEMENT
RositaH at spc.int
Sun Feb 26 22:10:57 EST 2006
PLANNING WORKSHOP FOR THE DRAWA MODEL AREA FOR COMMUNITY-BASED FOREST MANAGEMENT rh123
The SPC/GTZ Pacific-German Regional Forestry Project will be conducting a planning workshop for the Drawa model area activities. The Drawa area is the model area for community-based sustainable forest management (SFM) in Fiji. The sustainable forest management plan for the forest area is currently being implemented and recently, the Drawa landowners have agreed on a land use plan, too. The objective of the workshop is to inform stakeholders on the status of the Drawa SFM model area project and together formulate a plan of activities for 2006 and 2007.
Various agencies will be participating in the planning workshop. These include the Forestry Department, the Native Land Trust Board, the Ministry of Agriculture, the Sugar and Land Resettlement (Department of Land Resources, Planning, and Development and the Extension Division), Provincial Offices, members of parliament, the University of the South Pacific, NGO representatives, the Co-operatives Department, the Department of Environment, the Department of Regional Development, the National Disaster Management Office, Landowner Associations, the Department of Women, and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC).
The participation of the various agencies will provide a platform for inter-sectoral collaboration and consultation on the implementation of the Drawa Forest Management and Land Use Plans. Participants will also contribute to the further development of natural resource management regimes for the area. It is anticipated that the experiences from the Drawa model area, and the experiences of other agencies, will serve as a guideline for mainstreaming participatory natural resource planning and community-based resource management in Fiji.
The planning workshop to be held from 02 - 03 March 2006 at the Commissioner's Conference Room, Macuata House, Labasa. The workshop begins at 8.30am. There will be a tour to the site prior to the workshop. This will be on Wednesday, 01 March. The guided tour will provide participants with the opportunity to see the forest model area, observe first-hand the operations and activities in progress, and personally talk with the landowners.
For more information contact:
The Team Leader / Chief Adviser
SPC/GTZ Pacific-German Regional Forestry Project
P.O. Box 14041
Tel: 3305983 § Fax: 63315446 § Email: christophm at spc.int
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