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Lomaiviti Province Natural Resource Management Strategy Launch

The Lomaiviti Province Natural Resource Management Strategy (NRM) 2016 – 2019 was launched yesterday at the opening of the Lomaiviti Provincial Council meeting by the Permanent Secretary for iTaukei Affairs,
10 Nov 2015 10:18
Lomaiviti Province Natural Resource  Management Strategy Launch
The participants during the opening of the Lomaiviti Provincial Council meeting at Studio 6 yesterday.

The Lomaiviti Province Natural Resource Management Strategy (NRM) 2016 – 2019 was launched yesterday at the opening of the Lomaiviti Provincial Council meeting by the Permanent Secretary for iTaukei Affairs, Savenaca Kaunisela.
He said the NRM Strategy Lomaiviti was undoubtedly the result of hardwork put into it and was aware that the first inception workshop for the development of the NRM took place in Ovalau in 2012.
The compilation process, he said, had undergone wide consultation before it was presented to the Lomaiviti Provincial Council meeting in 2014 for its endorsement.
According to Mr Kaunisela, this document was specifically developed to assist the Lomaiviti Provincial Office, communities and partners in their mandated pursuit to strengthen natural resource management in Lomaiviti by offering useful information, tips for conservation and management of environment.
“This is a milestone for the province as it demonstrates your determination, commitment and community partnership for the conservation of your natural resources,” he said.
The document, he said, would enable them to effectively carry out work in areas of conservation and guide their communities to strategise the management of their natural resources for the betterment and wellbeing of the people of Lomaiviti.
Mr Kaunisela said the vision for putting together the Province NRM strategy was a step in the right direction. “Planning for the people by the people of Lomaiviti.
“I sincerely congratulate you all for the work well done and I am sure your future generation – children will be proud of you.”
However, he warned that planning was one hurdle accomplished, the other was its implementation, monitoring and sustainability.
He said they needed to acknowledge the unsung hero behind this NRM Strategy, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) for their tremendous assistance.
“They facilitated all consultations, documentations and funding for the printing and launching of the document. Vinaka vakalevu WWF.”
Mr Kaunisela also thanked the Roko Tui Lomaiviti and his staff, Ministry of Fisheries and Forests, NGOs, University of the South Pacific, Fiji National University, and all the people of Lomaiviti for their contribution to the NRM Strategy.

Beware of the greedy: Kaunisela
Members of the Lomaiviti Provincial Council meeting were warned on greedy individuals using their land and sea resources.
This was also heard at the opening of the Lomaiviti Provinical Council meeting yesterday at Studio 6 Apartments in Suva.
Mr Kaunisela sounded the warning saying the whole world now realises the rapid depletion of natural resources.
There had been solutions implemented on how they could slow down the process and ensuring there were sustainable solutions in place.
“While others are mindful of this, there are greedy individuals who only think about themselves and are working against rules and sensible policies to extract as much as they can without thinking or respect of younger generations, “he said.
In fact he said, most were driven by how much money they could make and were heartless of others.
Mr Kaunisela said there were examples around the world where indigenous landowners had been disadvantaged through exploitation of their land and did not have any say in the unplanned extraction of resources from their own land and fishing grounds.
Sadly, he said, they had also been deprived of the financial benefits derived from it, and if they did, they got minimal sums in addition to their fully disturbed land or fisheries.
He also urged the iTaukei people to be proud and mindful of their natural resources and to avoid being easily tempted to the desires of those who came in for short-term benefits.
He said they must act now and put in place strategies to safeguard their natural resources before it was too late.

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