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Marine resources save Natuvu

SITERI TALEITAKI Labasa A Wailevu West, Cakaudrove, village has been hailed a role model in iTaukei communities in the North. Natuvu Village’s population of 204 people has developed and improved
06 Jul 2014 09:31

SITERI TALEITAKI
Labasa

A Wailevu West, Cakaudrove, village has been hailed a role model in iTaukei communities in the North.
Natuvu Village’s population of 204 people has developed and improved their livelihoods through proper management of their marine resources.
Tuisavusavu Vola, 49, said their elders had set a roadmap that enabled them to work together and achieve what they had today.
The conservation of marine resources was included in the roadmap.
Mr Vola said the conservation of their marine resources was carefully managed through a number of years. When financial needs arose they lifted fishing bans.
“It started off in 2011 when we built our own community hall using available resources on the land. Women and youths worked side by side with the men of the village every-day,” Mr Vola said.
He said the iTaukei people living in villages had no excuse because they had land, sea and forests around them to use to build houses and eat healthy nutritious food.
“A dining hall was built costing up to $20,000 to cater for 30 students in Year Nine in 2012 at Uluivalili Secondary School.
“In 2013, the villagers decided to build a church costing close to $14,000 and this was financed by money from selling sea cucumbers and fish.”
Now we are building ten dwelling homes.
The divisional fisheries officer northern, Joji Vakawaletabua, said people living in the iTaukei set-up should learn from the Natuvu villagers’ achievements.
He said the villagers had earned much money by adopting prudent marine resources management.
“I urged all those living in our rural areas across the country to work together and build sustainable villages.”
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