Samoa Observer 29th March 2018

World Water and Forests Day was celebrated in Samoa on Tuesday.

The two-day event, themed “Water & Forest Resources for Sustainable Urban Development”, was held at the Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi Convention Centre.

In attendance were some Cabinet Ministers, members of the diplomatic corps, head of government ministries and organisations, members of the non-governmental organisations and private sector, Village Mayors and women representatives.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Fiame Naomi  Mataafa,  said  the  theme  emphasises  the importance of sustainable upland forest and watershed management, to ensuring the sustainable development of the urban settlements and built environment.

“It also re-affirms the importance of our hinterlands to the economic development of the urban setting, especially the impact of sustainable land use.

“Apia is a town blessed with water resources and green uplands, attractive to the tourists and critical to our economic growth, with nature supplying energy, water security, flood water management, and ecosystem services to the population.”

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