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Ministry Resumes Mangrove Planting

  The Ministry of Youth and Sports continues its pursuit to protect the environment by planting mangroves in various parts around the country. The Minister, Laisenia Tuitubou said: “The planting
15 Mar 2017 11:00
Ministry Resumes Mangrove Planting
Youths take part in the Climate Change Adaptation Project by planting mangroves at Nasese foreshore. Photo: Ministry of Youth and Sports

 

The Ministry of Youth and Sports continues its pursuit to protect the environment by planting mangroves in various parts around the country.

The Minister, Laisenia Tuitubou said: “The planting of mangroves is being done as part of the ministry’s corporate social responsibility as we work to contribute towards ensuring that our surrounding environment, whether it be in areas along the coast, rural or urban.

“Hopefully by our small contributions, we can create an evident, visible impact and leave a footprint in the areas where we have planted these mangroves and hopefully to encourage to surrounding communities to do likewise.”

The ministry has engaged its staff and some of its youth trainees throughout the years in planting mangroves.

Mr Tuitubou said there was no area or locality primarily targeted by the ministry to plant mangroves.

“We have however planted mangroves wherever we have seen fit based on what we have ascertained as places vulnerable to sea level rise and contribute to minimising the damages of climate change on these particular places by planting mangroves as well as attempt to contribute effectively to the areas biodiversity by cultivating a healthier marine life and food source for the surrounding communities through the mangroves,” he said.

Other places that they have previously planted mangroves on are the shores of Tokou in Levuka, Ovalau, Cuvu and Korotogo in Nadroga and a number of villages along the Coral Coast, and just recently along the Suva foreshore.

“This planting of mangroves should not be the responsibility of just one organisation or group because mangroves are a truly natural way of buffering the effects of coastal erosion and sea rise,” he said.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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