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Cawaki Champions Waste Resource Management

The Assistant Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management, Joeli Cawaki, has called for a change in attitude towards waste materials. Mr Cawaki officiated at the
05 Jun 2015 10:22
Cawaki Champions Waste Resource Management

The Assistant Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management, Joeli Cawaki, has called for a change in attitude towards waste materials.

Mr Cawaki officiated at the National Environment Week celebrations in the Northern Division yesterday at the Savusavu Foreshore.

“This has led to uncontrolled solid waste accumulation and disposal that have found their ways into our rivers, streams and coastlines,” he said.

“A change in attitude is required as to how we treat waste because it should be treated as a resource rather than waste. The involvement therefore of our school children is critical.

“Government is also thankful to our many donor agencies like the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA) for initiating successfully the ADAPT Waste Project.

“It was completed in the municipality of Labasa which saw the upgrading of rubbish dump to more controlled and structured management and upgrading to adapt to influences of climate change.”

He said Fiji, like other Small Island Developing States, was facing the irreversible global impacts of climate change and sea level rise.

“Government continues to encourage innovative new introductions in technologies, auto and industrial equipment, agro-chemicals, white goods and consumer luxury item brands that are environmentally-friendly.”

He urged companies to be serious and showcase their good corporate social responsibilities.

Feedback: maraia.vula@fijisun.com.fj

 



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