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Epic journey begins

April 21
14:32 2012

The President, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau (second from left), with Honour Fiji Journey ambassadors during the launch of the Honour Fiji Journey at the Hotel Novotel Suva Lami Bay on Thursday night. Photo: Courtesy of the Ministry of Information

By RINU SHYYAM

The Econesian Society launched the Honour Fiji Journey in a bid to revive and preserve the cultural legacy of Fiji.
The Honour Fiji Journey which started on April 19 involves a series of activities leading up to selected youths boarding the ship, Alvei, on June 9.
The President, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau while launching the Honour Fiji Journey said it was time to ensure the sustainability of the rich but seriously threatened island way of life.
“The lands, the waters and rich cultures of indigenous people have been plundered worldwide because of the increasingly short-sighted, destructive and unsustainable use of mother earth.
“Today many indigenous people and their cultures and languages are on the brink of extinction,” Ratu Epeli said.
However, he said for the Pacific, Fiji is still among the peaceful and sustainable areas on planet earth and there is still time to act and preserve the ancient wisdom.
“With the impact of climate change and natural hazards, it is prudent to pay close attention to the traditional agricultural practices, food preservation methods and early warning systems that used to work extremely well with our forefathers,” he said.
Ratu Epeli said tourism as the fastest growing industry in the world relies to a large extent on cultural heritage for its sustainability.
“Due emphasis should be taken towards listing cultural and natural heritage sites of our islands
“The establishment of a proper heritage system including the necessary infrastructure is to ensure that benefits do flow in to the economy and thus also ensuring the sustainability of tourism-based activities,” he said.
Ratu Epeli said the challenge was to develop and engage in both the formal education curricula and non-formal activities programme for young people.
The Honour Fiji Journey is an eight-week epic journey of discovery and learning to Tailevu, Taveuni, Kia Island, Naividamu and to the Yasawas.

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