2 May 2011

NZ Forestry Institute reaching out to Pacific nations

1:42 pm on 2 May 2011

The New Zealand forestry institute is reaching out to foresters in small Pacific nations to help them grow their industries.

It has assisted in bringing hundreds of forestry representatives from around the South Pacific to a four-day conference in Auckland that started on Monday.

Organising committee chair Peter Berg says more than 300 people from nearly 20 countries are attending the event.

He says they'll be discussing illegal logging, climate change and forestry expectations.

Mr Berg says he hopes the conference will influence future policies and practises of those small Pacific Island communities.