Forestry Officers who recently participated in a Communications capacity building workshop are hopeful that they will now be able to put into practice what they have learnt.
The workshop took place in Suva from December 13-14, 2017. Forestry Officers from the North, West & Central/Eastern Divisions attended with the aim of enhancing their skills and knowledge in communications.
Communications is a mechanism to increase knowledge, influence attitudes and move certain groups to change their behaviour. However information must be relevant produced in a timely manner and presented in a format that is understandable and accessible.
With support from the SPC/GIZ Regional REDD+ Programme, the workshop was able to identify measures in which the technical officers can provide support to the Ministry’s public relations officer Kuini Waqasavou in terms of collecting relevant information for dissemination to stakeholders.
Some of the outcomes from the Workshop as listed by the officers included the need to conduct Team Building Exercises within the Divisions so as to enhance internal communication skills, staff to be familiar with the Ministry objective, role, Operation Plan, Unit Plan & especially to be familiar with their IWP, all staff to be aware of the other divisions roles, responsibilities, achievements & contact person and more frequent and refreshing Consultation (face to face) with relevant stakeholders on the Ministry’s role with regards to their Licence conditions (breaching) & Permits. The officers also requested that there be more training conducted for the in customer services skills, report writing skills, project proposal writing skills, brochure design and video documentary skills and map reading.
A report from this Workshop will be submitted to the senior management team of the Ministry of Forests.
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