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2000 Mangrove Seedlings Planted

2000 Mangrove Seedlings Planted
Villagers of Nacula helping with the planting of the Mangroove seedlings. Photo: WWF
April 30
14:49 2018

World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Fiji representa­tives planted more than 2000 mangroves seedlings along Nacula and Vuaki villages in the district of Nacula, Yasawa, as part of its “Liv­ing with Change – Resilient Mangroves, Fisheries and People of Fiji and PNG” Project.

It is a three-year project.

Great Sea Reef Programme Manager Alfred Ralifo said the project was funded by the German Govern­ment.

“Three districts were identified as part of the tar­get communities of this project,” he said.

“The first mangrove nurseries established this week began in these two villages of Nacula and Vuaki.

“We plan to work with all communities in these three target districts to establish these mangrove nurseries and carry out mangrove forestation and rehabilitation for the next three years.

“We are looking at replanting at least 10 hectares per village and this is our first project for this year. The next villages we are looking at are Yaqeta and Matacawalevu, but it depends on the availability of the village next month and this will be confirmed by the Turaga-ni-koro (village headman) for each vil­lage.” Mr Ralifo said mangrove reforestation was just a small component of the project.

“This project is working with the three targeted districts to develop their long-term district sustain­able development plans and building the capacity of the district development committee to implement these plans,” he said.

“District sustainable development plans require extensive consultations of all communities and vil­lages and households within the three districts, to ensure that everyone provides input and that the plan is comprehensive and at the same time has a long-term vision and goals.”

Edited by Epineri Vula

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