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Coral planting on world Tourism Day at Outrigger

  Tourism development must be an integrated approach that will help conserve and preserve our fragile ecosystem and serve as a vehicle to promote a blue economy. The Minister for
28 Sep 2017 11:00
Coral planting on world Tourism Day at Outrigger
(From Left) Jone Sarai, Tui Conua Ratu Luke Veidovi (green shirt), Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort General Manager Peter Hopgood and Minister for Tourism Faiyaz Koya during the World Tourism Day at the Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort on September 27, 2017. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA.

 

Tourism development must be an integrated approach that will help conserve and preserve our fragile ecosystem and serve as a vehicle to promote a blue economy.

The Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Lands and Mineral Resources Faiyaz Koya echoed these sentiments during the Coral Planting on World Tourism Day at the Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort yesterday.

Mr Koya said coastal and maritime tourism heavily relied on healthy marine ecosystem therefore it is crucial for all stakeholders to work together to conserve and responsibly use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

“By planting mangroves, corals and trees we are able to take small steps towards a sustainable future, not only for Fiji but for the region and the world, and that may inspire others to protect our environment,’ Mr Koya said.

He also said the Fijian Government believed in ensuring that our future generations were able to enjoy the same environment as we were enjoying.

Mr Koya added that sustainability cannot be achieved in isolation as it is a collaborative effort between all stakeholders that include Government, business partners, tourism and the local community.

“Today (yesterday) as we undertake the activities of coral and tree planting we must bear in mind that though these initiatives may be small, it will speak volumes. Our environment features prominently in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s).

He acknowledged all those behind the success of the event.

“I would also like to commend our hosts, the Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort for the hard work put in coordinating this event.

“We must acknowledge with gratitude the participation of the local community and the presence of the three Turaga iTaukei Ni Vanua Conua, Navikabuta and Noi Weredruga, whose collective seven yavusa hold traditional fishing rights over the lagoon, where this coral planting initiative is taking place,” he said.

Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort General Manager, Peter Hopgood said coral and clam farming started at the resort three years ago.

“It is our responsibility to look after our environment by replanting mangroves and corals,” Mr Hopgood said.

Edited by Mohammed Ali

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