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APEC countries hold inaugural meeting for forest conservation.
In the first such meeting of its kind, the Ministers Responsible for Forestry from the 21 countries comprising the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) came together in Beijing, China on Tuesday, September 6 to support environmental preservation as an important goal along with economic development.

With the opening meeting attended by hosting country China's President Hu Jintao, an address was given by co-host Mexico's Minister of the Environment Juan Rafael Elvira, who outlined programs being implemented to achieve his country's goal of zero deforestation within 10 years.

Formosa's (Taiwan) Council of Agriculture Minister Chen Wu-hsiung also spoke, highlighting the importance of sustainable forestry development especially in light of climate change as he suggested coordination of APEC countries' efforts to monitor forest health.

This proposal was adopted in the final Beijing Forestry Declaration, approved at the meeting's conclusion by all member countries to deepen both their economic and technical cooperation in policies that prioritize sustainable forest development and preservation.

Our salute, all APEC members for your work together and fruitful meeting. May the people of your nations flourish in sustainable endeavors as many others are inspired to restore the Earth for ourselves and all beings through the preservation of life-giving verdant trees.

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