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Saweni Beach Litter Continues

Green Scouts Movement plans Friday clean-up Saweni Beach, a popular picnic spot in Lautoka,   continues to be  strewn with rubbish despite numerous clean-up initiatives. Fiji National University assistant professor and
10 Nov 2015 10:15
Saweni Beach Litter Continues
The present state of Saweni Beach in Lautoka.

Green Scouts Movement plans Friday clean-up

Saweni Beach, a popular picnic spot in Lautoka,   continues to be  strewn with rubbish despite numerous clean-up initiatives.

Fiji National University assistant professor and Green Scouts Movement (GSM) principal researcher, Ajantha Parera said they would conduct another clean-up of the beach on Friday.
“Another clean-up campaign will be carried out, this time by the Green Scouts Movement. Over the past months many clean-up campaigns were carried out at Saweni Beach,” Ms Parera said.

Green Scouts Movement is a new organisation that attempts to create enthusiasm and teach children and young people how to preserve the environment.

“A few persons continue to dump garbage and burn them killing many of the plants, including the valuable plants that were planted there recently,” she said.

“In order to save Saweni Beach from such harm, a sustainable programme should be carried out.”

She said the purpose of the programme was to create a sense of ownership and a pride towards Saweni Beach among the children and youth of Lautoka.

“It is hoped that in  future the children and young people, who are the future leaders of Fiji, will be responsible for the protection of Saweni Beach and its environment,” she said.

The clean-up campaign will see about 150 scouts from the movement, together with the Department of Education, the Commissioner Western’s Office, the District Office of Lautoka and Yasawa, the Department of Environment, Ba Provincial Council, the Fiji Scouts Association, the iTaukei Land Trust Board and members of Lauwaki Village participating in the initiative .

“This attempt is in line with the ongoing climate change and disaster risk management activities in  the Western Division.”

Mrs Parera said the protection of Saweni Beach from erosion, replanting of mangroves, restoration of the seagrass beds and corals were some of the paramount aspects of this movement.

The Saweni Beach  clean-up campaign will start at 8.30am on Friday.

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