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Port Denarau Marina Partners Groups To Protect Marine Environment

In an effort to improve environmen­tal practices in Fiji, the Port Denarau Marina in Nadi has joined hands with Oceanlovers, an Australian organisation, to work towards a common cause. The
17 Oct 2018 12:08
Port Denarau Marina Partners Groups To Protect Marine Environment
From left; Nawaka Village headman Mosese Ronakuru, Champs On Wheels director Shabreen Nisha, Port Denarau Marina general manager Cynthia Rasch and Mamanuca Environment Society project manager Marica Vakacola during the launch at Nawaka, Nadi, on October 16, 2018. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

In an effort to improve environmen­tal practices in Fiji, the Port Denarau Marina in Nadi has joined hands with Oceanlovers, an Australian organisation, to work towards a common cause.

The clean marina programme has pro­vided an important guideline for the Port Denarau Marina to take a lead role in reaching out and assisting communities through education and awareness about marine conservation. The programme was launched with a traditional sevusevu at the village kindergarten in Nawaka yesterday.

Port Denarau Marina general manager Cynthia Rasch said: “Ocean conservation is a very important subject for our island nation and the only way that we will be able to raise awareness is by reaching out to the community.”

She said this would be possible if children are taught about environmental steward­ship that would bode well for environmen­tally sound practices in the years to come.

Also supporting the initiative are Champs on Wheels, an non-governmental organisa­tion and the Mamanuca Environment Soci­ety.

Founder and director of Champs on Wheels Shabreen Nisha said: “This pro­gramme will enhance children’s learning on marine life and the true value and im­portance of the ocean in young minds.”

Mamanuca Environment Society project manager Marica Vakacola believes that their orgasnisation can make a difference in their own locations and in the Mamanu­ca Islands as they continue to promote sus­tainable tourism and community livelihood through environment protection.

Nawaka Village headman Mosese Ron­akuru said: “This is a grand partnership to embark on and the best way to begin is with the future of our generation. This is an eye opener for us in the community to see that others are also concerned in our livelihoods for the future.”

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

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