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Uto Ni Yalo Returns From Lomaiviti

Uto Ni Yalo Returns From Lomaiviti
Uto Ni Yalo
July 08
18:15 2017

The Uto ni Yalo, the seventy-two foot doubled hulled canoe has returned from her voyage to three islands in Lomaiviti to promote sustainable sea transport and assess the impact of rural water projects in maritime communities.

The voyage started on Tuesday and it ended yesterday.

The voyage was a one hundred and twenty-five nautical mile voyage to Nairai, Batiki then Makogai islands in the Lomaiviti archipelago.

“As part of the Lomaiviti Voyage, the crew visited eight villages in the three islands to conduct community awareness on household waste management as well as help assess the impact of rural water projects,” Uto ni Yalo Trust secretary, Dwain Qalovaki said.

Mr Qalovaki said that the Uto ni Yalo Trust recorded the types of plastics and other wastes as part of its river and ocean cleanup program along the Rewa and Navua river.

It has collected over one tonne of plastic waste.

“Our Fijian canoe carried four representatives from the Rotary Pacific Water Foundation who led the assessment of rural water projects in the three islands”, he said.

The Uto ni Yalo, in English translates as Heart of the Spirit, does not require fossil fuel and is powered by nature using wind sails and a twin solar propulsion system.

Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola

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