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Sustainable Green Model for Savusavu

The Savusavu Chamber of Commerce (SCC) is seeking a joint private-public partnership with the Government to develop the world’s first environmentally sustainable green ‘Model Town’. Savusavu Chamber of Commerce president
27 Jan 2018 11:00
Sustainable Green  Model for Savusavu
Savusavu Chamber of Commerce (SCC) president Justin Hunter. Photo: Shratika Naidu

The Savusavu Chamber of Commerce (SCC) is seeking a joint private-public partnership with the Government to develop the world’s first environmentally sustainable green ‘Model Town’.

Savusavu Chamber of Commerce president Justin Hunter revealed this during the International Year of the Reef talanoa session at Koro Sun Resort recently.

He said unlike other ‘sustainable town models’ the Savusavu model will specifically target areas of high concentration of marine biodiversity.

He said it would assist those communities, preserve that biodiversity for the sake of food security for generations the world over as a polar shift of fisheries resources.

“It means we need this genetic bunker for the very survival of our planet.”

“Savusavu with its incredible natural beauty and diverse community will highlight and showcase Fiji’s whole-hearted commitment to COP initiatives to not only reduce carbon emissions, raise climate change awareness and these impacts on our communities and environment, but also implement real and tangible solutions,” Mr Hunter said.

“The concepts implemented would specifically target developing island countries whose tropical coastal ecological systems (while covering less than one percent of our earth’s surface area) contain the largest cross section of biodiversity on our planet, which is absolutely and fundamentally essential for climate change adaptation and mitigation.

“Specifically we look at the Pacific Ocean region known and around the ‘coral triangle’ an area that is composed of the greatest concentration of biodiversity on the planet.

“Some 20 per cent of earths species from less than 0.01per cent of the earth’s surface area.

“The global community has a vested interest in protecting our island nations and the diverse genetic resources of our tropical reefs and ecosystems,” he said.

“The SCC seeks our Government’s approval and support to assist us with this ‘outside the box’ initiative.”

Mr Hunter is also the president of the Savusavu Tourism Association and the founder of J.Hunter Pearls Fiji.

Feedback:  shratikan@fijisun.com.fj

 



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