APEC Ministers Responsible for Forestry endorsed the Eda Statement at the conclusion of their meeting on Wednesday.
The statement highlights the importance of sustainable forest management in achieving long- term sustainable socio-economic development in the region.
Ministers focused on the following key agenda items:
- Supporting Sustainable Forest Management
- Forest Conservation and Forest Rehabilitation to Mitigate and to Adapt the Impact of Climate Change
- Challenges in Maintaining and Strengthening Efforts to Combat Illegal Logging and Associated Trade
- Private Public Dialogue on Mechanisms, Policies and Best Practices to Attract and Maintain Suitable Investment in the Development of Forests and Forest Resources
In their statement, Ministers identified 12 aspirations for APEC member economies to pursue.
Ministers heard from Prime Minister Peter O’Neill on Tuesday who told participants that Papua New Guinea is working to create a more sustainable future and taking a number of significant steps forward in ensuring forestry sustainability.
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