International Day of Forests observed today; government stresses commitment to sustainable practices


Rainforest, Trafalgar Falls

Dominicans are called upon to protect and preserve the country’s forests.

The call came from Minister for the Environment, Cozier Frederick on the occasion of International Day of Forests observed today under the theme: “Forests and Health”.

“Today, on International Day of Forests, let us all commit to doing our part to protect and preserve these vital ecosystems,” he said. “Let us recognize the important role that forests play in our lives and take action to ensure their continued health and well-being for generations.”

Frederick continued, “As individuals, we can all do our part to protect forests, whether it’s by reducing our paper consumption, supporting sustainable forest products, or participating in reforestation efforts. Every action we take can make a difference.”

He describes the forests as the lungs of the planet that purify the air everyone breathes and provides a home for countless species of plants and animals, “and regulates the earth’s climate by absorbing and storing carbon dioxide.”

Frederick stated that forests are also a vital source of food, medicine, and other resources that sustain human societies and economies around the world.

Yet, despite the importance of these natural habitats, he pointed out that forests are facing numerous threats.

“Deforestation, climate change, and unsustainable practices such as illegal logging are all taking a toll on our forests and the benefits they provide,” Frederick remarked. “We must act now to protect our forests and ensure the continued health and vitality for future generations.”

He continued, “This means taking a multi-faceted approach that includes conservation, sustainable management, and restoration.”

Furthermore, he said that the Government of Dominica is committed to protecting the forests and supporting sustainable forest practices.

“The Forestry, Wildlife and Parks Division enforces the country’s forest laws and regulations, promotes a sustainable forest management, and provides incentives for individuals who take steps to protect our forests,” Frederick explained. “Our government is working with partners like the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), Partnership Initiative for Sustainable Land Management (PISLM). “

He added, “This project which has given full support of this week of activities and over project implementation is very important to us.”

The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed  March 21 the International Day of Forests in 2012 to celebrate and raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests. Countries are encouraged to undertake local, national, and international efforts to organize activities involving forests and trees, such as tree planting campaigns.

The organizers are the  United Nations Forum on Forests and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), in collaboration with Governments, the Collaborative Partnership on Forests, and other relevant organizations in the field.


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  1. Me Dat
    March 23, 2023

    😂😂😂 The Haitian people are laughing at that. The forests are being hewn down by the Haitians to make coal. Spend a night in Mero and the smell and fumes from burning wood will prevent you from sleeping. They are so bold that they have coal pits just a few feet from the EO Leblanc HW in St. Joseph. So all you not seeing that? Where do they get the wood from? From the Sea? In the 1980s the Haitians people caused deforestation in their own country and will the spare Dominica? All the fry chicken and corn, and ripe plantains etc.. that’s being sold on the roadside throughout Dominica 🇩🇲 has anyone asked where’s the coal coming from? We just don’t care. But we shall one day wished we had a Forest. If this government keeps failing to preserve and protect our country, then we the people must step up and hold this people responsible for the damage they continue to do in our country. The send billions of dollars to Haiti 🇭🇹 while destroying Dominica.

  2. Zandoli
    March 22, 2023

    I have said it before and I will say it again, if the words of this government had monetary value, Dominica would be the richest country in the world. These guys just talk aimlessly and do nothing to back up their words.
    I could go into the forest and clear 1000 acrea of land and no one would care or say anything. How is that protecting the forest? They just spew words trying to make themselves seem intelligent. But those words are completely meaningless.

  3. Lin clown
    March 22, 2023

    And what are you guys doing,more than gossip and post BS.If you are so concerned about the forest,get off your lazy behind and go plant trees.Every damn thing is government.Next government will open a whore house for all you m and s to go.

    • If we knew better
      March 24, 2023

      What we do we do for the good of the nation. what we do we do it for our fellow brother and sister. Not for likes and to be posted on social media to garner attention. IF i make a donation i do not call the press or bring photographers. When i meet with business people to discuss new initiatives i do not use that to try to gain popularity. Noone knows except if or when a plan is executed. And even then noone will know who is behind it because we do what we do for the love of nation. Not to try to get votes.

  4. Ibo France
    March 22, 2023

    The words of this minister were lifted verbatim from the Internet. Plagiarism if you ask me.

    After Hurricane Maria, this do nothing, farcical government, solemnly promised to replant one million trees. Where are these trees?

    If we rate this deceptive administration strictly by their ACTION not by their sweet lies, they will be zero rated.

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  5. If we knew better
    March 22, 2023

    Like not planting bamboo and other vegetation along the river banks, by destroying rivers, by not planting vegetation on cut cliffs, by allowing certain construction and heavy equipment operators to discard their waste without accountability. Sure. sustainable practices.

    What is their plan for the Castle Bruce river?

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  6. Walter
    March 22, 2023

    This guy does absolutely nothing, knows nothing, and is good for nothing. He just takes the money and the benefits. He isn’t qualified nor has any experience of forestry management, ecology, conservation or the environment, yet he’s in charge of people who do. What a completely stupid way to run a country – especially one that calls itself nature island. If he had any common decency, any morals at all, he’d hold up his hands and admit there are better and more qualified people who should do his job. Fat chance of that happening though. It’s a shame. Cozier used to be a decent guy.

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  7. L C Matthew
    March 21, 2023

    Oh really!!!! Which government?

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  8. Zandoli
    March 21, 2023

    How is the government protecting the forest? With words?

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    • MEME
      March 21, 2023

      Well the government had a master plan you know!
      Can’t you remember Joseph Isaac told Dominicans after hurricane Maria, that his plan for protecting the forest was to plant one million trees in one year?
      That’s about 83 333 trees per month. 20833 trees per week. And 2976 trees per day.
      At that time he was in CREED!!
      Pond Case would be ideal for Isaac to plant the trees. He would then be able to hunt animals there with even a little r….gun!!

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  9. MEME
    March 21, 2023

    Mr Cozier Federick. I can remember Joseph Isaac told the world after hurricane Maria ( think he had a job in CREED), that he would ensure that one million (1000 000) trees are planted in our forest in one year. 5 years after hurricane Maria so 5 000 000 trees are planted? HOORAY! HOORAY! HOORAY! How are those trees doing Mr Cozier? Have you paid a visit to any tree?
    This goes to show how you all are lazy imposters, bla, bla, bla, bla bla ing foolishness, when in fact, you all just don’t care a “darn”. Just put a camera to you all faces, and you all can even sell out yourselves.
    Yes, we need to protect our forest for posterity, but this regime does not care about that.They are the destroyers.
    I am so vex that i wanted to call you atheist Cozier, but i’ll take it back.

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  10. Lucas
    March 21, 2023

    I think this amount of hot air contributed to global warming.

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