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West Partners Join Force Against Climate Change

West Partners Join Force Against Climate Change
Navosa Yaubula team members planting trees.
March 16
14:06 2018

Vodafone World of Difference charity partner Nadroga Dis­trict Council of Social Services in partnership with Nadroga Navosa Yaubula Management Support Team and Mamanuca Environment Society continue to work hand in hand in taking action against climate change.

Their recent activities included replanting more trees to save the environment, islands and the people of Solevu, Yaro and Tavua village in the Malolo District.

Vodafone World of Difference can­didate Selita Donu said, “Everyone is aware that the beautiful islands of Malolo are well known for their tourist attractions.”

“Every year developments are taking place and natural resources are being destroyed while the effect of bush fire also contributes to negative impact of climate change,” she said.

Ms Donu added that the Nadroga Navosa Yaubula Management Support Team consists of energetic, active and awesome young people. The province is full of passion towards the conservation of resources and keeping the environment safe for future gen­erations of Malolo and environmental friendly resorts.

She thanked the forestry department for delivering the plants for free.

“We planted a total of 60 young trees, upgraded their greenhouse nursery, and conducted a training to environ­ment to students of Malolo District School said Ms Donu.

The training included maintaining their nursery and monitoring their plants.

Decompose bins were also introduced to be used for vegetable farming to promote food security.

Ms Donu said the focus of their Malolo trip was to mark the International Women’s Day ‘Press for Progress’ and Save Our Environment, Reforesta­tion of Degraded Forest and Resource Management using decompose for Food Security.

“During the Mamanuca Malolo trip, we also visited women groups while spreading the message of environment management. Majority of the women are existing members of Fiji Council of Social Services Microfinance at Solevu and Yaro villages,” said Ms Donu.

In addition, they also shared basic financial literacy skills with the women using the bottom up approach. Their daily activities are selling handicrafts at their shell markets to tourists that come every day.

“This International Women’s day, we raised awareness on climate change, environment and generating revenue using available resources,” she said.

“We are scoping for partnerships with environment and climate change civil society and community based organisation,” said the Vodafone ATH Fiji Foundation Executive Ambalika Prakash.

“We launched mClimate in partner­ship with Pacific Island Development Forum, Capacity Building and Story Telling,” she said.

“Our aim is to gather information, curate and simplify them to send awareness messages through our Channel *679#. The new service is free to all Vodafone Fiji customers, acces­sible by dialling *679#, and is linked to the Foundation web portal,”

Project officer, Capacity Buiilding and Story Telling Fiji, Roneet Prasad said, “The portal will have a dedicated tab under mClimate with a diverse range of multimedia information available on raising awareness on climate change, environment preservation, land degradation, ridge to reef, saving our ocean, food security, renewable energy efficiency, coral conservation, useful tips, stories and videos.”

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