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UniFiji Students Join Village Youths For Declaration

Seventeen students from the Centre for iTaukei Studies at The University of Fiji joined youths from Namatakula Village, Coral Coast to declare the village a Green Village. The University of
02 Sep 2017 10:23
UniFiji Students Join Village Youths For Declaration

Seventeen students from the Centre for iTaukei Studies at The University of Fiji joined youths from Namatakula Village, Coral Coast to declare the village a Green Village.

The University of Fiji had used Komave Village and the Vusu tribe (Namatakula) ‘iqoliqoli’ as one of the two selected sites in Fiji for their Pacific American Climate Fund (PACAM) Project in 2016.

The mapping study identified some important findings relating to depletion of corals reefs and washing away of foreshores which can have a direct effect on the marine habitat including the presence of all forms of wastes along the foreshores.

Namatakula Village youths saw this as alarming for the future generations’ food source and the natural environment.

The clean-up event recently involved replanting of indigenous plants at the beach, rubbish collection around the village and community awareness on environmental concerns.

Like the University of Fiji; the Namatakula community fully supports the Government drive of COP23 by being the first village in the Western division to do so.

Associate Professor and director of the centre, Litiana Kuridrani, said that the campaign helped the iTaukei students to integrate indigenous knowledge and traditional coping mechanisms of climate change adaptation by means of replanting, documentation of preservation and conservation methods in the iTaukei context.

“The iTaukei studies students recognise the benefits of maintaining the Green village initiative and are living vessels to impart change in their own communities. Change begins within you and we have to start small somewhere,” said Ms Kuridrani.

 



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