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Cyclone-proof Building, Tree-felling Training Prove Beneficial For Villagers

Cyclone-proof Building, Tree-felling Training Prove Beneficial For Villagers
Graduates and course facilitators strike a pose after the graduation ceremony in Bagata Village yesterday. Photo: Josaia Ralago
April 09
11:00 2017



Viliame Qiyawa, 40, says from now on he plans to follow the methods he learnt during a cyclone-proof building course held at his village in Cakaudrove.

Mr Qiyawa was among 25 villagers of Bagata Village in Wailevu to be offered a three-day course last week facilitated by Habitat for Humanity (HFH) and funded by the Australian and New Zealand gov­ernments.

“I have been helping out in the construc­tion of homes in the village ever since I was in primary school,” he said.

“This new knowledge is instrumental in our lives because now whenever there are new homes to be built in the village, we will follow this new and more effec­tive method.”

Mr Qiyawa said the village was severely affected by many tropic cyclones includ­ing TC Emi in 2003.

“What we have learned will definitely be carried out in the next house building project,” he said.

Tree-felling training

In a separate training, farmer Saiasi Keresi of the same village was the proud­est man on Friday as he walked up to re­ceive his certificate in basic tree-felling.

The dalo and yaqona farmer was among 45 graduates in the Harvest Trees Manu­ally training programme on Friday at the Bagata Village Hall in Wailevu, Caka­udrove.

“I am very happy because now I have learnt how to carry out tree felling ex­ercises in the proper manner, which not only helps in the prevention of injuries, but at the same time manage our forest resources,” Mr Keresi, 57, said.

The father of four said he had practised tree-felling in his younger days for the sake of clearing land for farming.

“Now we have learned that clear felling is detrimental to our environment and we need to manage our forest wisely,” Mr Keresi said.

“We have learned so much including how our lives are closely linked with the environment.

“We all have a role to play in protecting our environment and trying to address climate change, and for us this means controlling tree felling. We need to plant more trees as well.”

Edited by Ranoba Baoa



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