Wednesday, 11 November 2015

The First Ever APEC Meeting in PNG Prime Minister, who is also the Minister Responsible for APEC, has applauded the Forest Minister for efficaciously hosting the first APEC meeting ever held in Papua New Guinea. In releasing the ‘Eda Statement’ in Port Moresby, the Third APEC Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Forestry settled on a range of measures that will reinforce the forestry sector in Papua New Guinea and around the Asia-Pacific.

"Ministers committed to work to increase forest cover in the region by at least 20 million hectares of all types of forests by 2020,” PM O’Neill said following the meeting.

“To reach this target will require ongoing cooperation between APEC member economies, as well as capacity building and efforts to prevent the sale of illegally harvested timber.

“Papua New Guinea and other APEC economies will work with the Asia-Pacific Network for Sustainable Forest Management and Rehabilitation to strengthen regional trade in sustainable forestry products.

“I congratulate Papua New Guinea’s Forest Minister Douglas Tomuriesa for his guidance of the Ministerial meeting and delivering positive outcomes for the region.”


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