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Trainee Warden Catches 13 Illegal Loggers

  A Bua forest trainee warden has been able to catch 13 illegal loggers in his district of Bua in the past year. And because of this, Maciu Mailekutu of Bua
10 Dec 2016 11:00
Trainee Warden Catches 13 Illegal Loggers
Maciu Mailekutu at a Korotari logging site outside Labasa yesterday during their second module of training. Photo: JOSAIA RALAGO

 

A Bua forest trainee warden has been able to catch 13 illegal loggers in his district of Bua in the past year.

And because of this, Maciu Mailekutu of Bua district in Vanua Levu was the first in the country to be given a Forest Warden pass by the Ministry of Forests earlier this year.

This pass which identifies him and his position gives him authority to carry out his work on the field.

“While this is a provisional pass with provisional conditions, Mr Mailekutu ever since the first module last year, has been showing a lot of interest in ensuring that the forests close to his community were safe from illegal loggers,” Ministry of Foresty training officer, Moape Lotawa said.

“He was able to help us catch people or companies who logged without licences.

“He would go on horse-back rides through the forests, send us pictures through Facebook messenger and has assisted our department a lot in these areas, so we had to somehow give him the pass.”

Mr Mailekutu said that the first module of training had been an eye-opener for him, as it enabled him to understand the importance of preserving forests and the role it plays.

“With no forests there is no water and we do not want that. Preserving our forest is also essential in reducing the effects of climate change. And further to that, these people are doing the damage to our environment without a license,” Mr Mailekutu said.

“We all have a role to play to save our environment and it is something that should not be ignored.”

Mr Mailekutu is one of a group of seven individuals from Vanua Levu going through their second learning module to be forest wardens.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

Feedback: josaia.ralago@fijisun.com.fj

 



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