The Forestry Department announced that even though there was a national increase in forest cover, there was significant reduction in the quality of forest cover across the island.
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The sustainable management and conservation of forests must be considered in the design and implementation of the new sustainable development goals and the new climate change agreement to be adopted this December in Paris, according to UN officials and forest experts in messages for the International Day of Forests, observed on 21 March.
A father and son were sentenced to replant and maintain just over 900 trees after both men were caught cutting and attempting to remove the young plants from privately owned lands that have been declared as a forest management area. They are the first offenders to be prosecuted under the Forest Act for offences committed on a privately owned holding.