The first multi-purpose National Forest Inventory for PNG is in progress. PNG Forest Authority, in partnership with UN REDD, European Union and other stakeholders, is currently developing methodologies for this program.
Today, they held their third national workshop to discuss a way forward for this new exercise.
This forest inventory program will help PNG Forest Authority to plan activities in the forest sector, and will be a driving factor for the National Forest Monitoring System.
The implementation of this program will qualify PNG to participate in the United Nations Forest Convention on Climate Change.
PNG Forest Authority Managing Director, Kanawi Pouru, said this is the third workshop in which they are trying to identify the forest cover in PNG, and to develop proper methods to make use of our forest and timber materials.
Mr Pouru said that PNG, as a developing country, has an intention to make money from its forest, timber and water resources, but at the same time, it has to take responsibility in proper forest management.
European Union representative, Elisabeth Gotschi, said this forest inventory program will create sustainable economic options for PNG in meeting some of the country’s MDGs.
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