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Minister For Foreign Affairs Hosts Conservationists

Minister for Foreign Affairs Ratu Inoke Kubuabola yesterday received a group of leading international conservationists who just returned from a four day observation in the district of Natewa in Cakaudrove.
01 Apr 2016 08:00
Minister For Foreign Affairs Hosts Conservationists
Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hon. Ratu Inoke Kubuabola with a group of leading international conservationists at his office in Suva.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Ratu Inoke Kubuabola yesterday received a group of leading international conservationists who just returned from a four day observation in the district of Natewa in Cakaudrove.

Professor Martin Speight of Oxford University, Dan Exton of Operation Wallacea, United Kingdom, Graham Wragg of the Nambu Conservation Trust, Cakaudrove were accompanied by Natewa, Cakaudrove landowners’ representative Ratu Gilbert Vakalalabure.

After four days in Natewa the scientists from USP, Oxford and Operation Wallacea identified the Natewa area as having some of the most impressive forests and coral reefs anywhere in Fiji. The group of conservationists aim to boost collaboration between scientists from the University of the South Pacific, University of Oxford, Operation Wallacea and the Nambu Conservation Trust of Natewa, Cakaudrove.

Operation Wallacea is an organisation funded by tuition fees that runs a series of biological and conservation management research programmes operating in remote locations across the world.

The group is also expected to visit Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism Faiyaz Koya and Minister for Minister for Local Government, Urban Development, Housing, Environment, Infrastructure and Transport Parveen Kumar.

The conservationists also aim to help the establishment of sustainable research, eco-tourism and environmental monitoring to conserve Natewa’s astounding biodiversity on land and in the ocean.

 

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