Protecting forest is everyone’s responsibility: Tomuriesa

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By LUKE KAMA
FOREST Minister Douglas Tomuriesa says protecting and looking after the forest in Papua New Guinea is everyone’s responsibility.
He said during the International Forest Day celebrations in Port Moresby that the country had the third largest forest cover in the world, and most of the forest cover was still intact.
“Everyone, regardless of being in the village, a subsistence farmer or working in the highest office, we all depend on one thing – we need fresh air to stay alive.
“If we do not breathe, we would simply die.
“And the fact is that the trees supply the fresh oxygen that we need to survive – apart from the countless essential services they provide for human survival.”
Tomuriesa said it was not only the responsibility of forestry officers and the PNG Forest Authority to protect and look after the trees and forests.
“It’s the responsibility of everyone to take ownership in looking after our forest and trees.”

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