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Commonwealth Organisation Rep, Reddy Talk Marine Pollution

The Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development, Waterways and En­vironment and the Mr Harri’s discussions focused on the importance of addressing the causes and consequences of marine pollu­tion, particularly in small island states.
13 Mar 2019 10:00
Commonwealth Organisation Rep, Reddy Talk Marine Pollution
Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development, Waterways and Environment Mahendra Reddy with Stephen Harris, Special Representative of the Commonwealth Clean Oceans Alliance (CCOA) at the Ministry of Agriculture headquarters in Raiwaqa, Suva, on March 11, 2019. Photo: DEPTFO News

Mahendra Reddy received a courtesy call from Stephen Harris, Special Representative of the Common­wealth Clean Oceans Alliance (CCOA) at the Ministry of Agriculture headquarters in Raiwaqa, Suva, on Monday.

The Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development, Waterways and En­vironment and the Mr Harri’s discussions focused on the importance of addressing the causes and consequences of marine pollu­tion, particularly in small island states.

Mr Reddy highlighted measures taken by the Ministry of Waterways and Environ­ment, which included infrastructural de­velopments such as sea wall protection and natural-based solutions like the usage and planting of vetiver grass and rehabilitation and replanting of mangroves, all of which were currently in progress.

Mr Reddy highlighted the Clean Environ­ment Policy, which would contribute to Gov­ernment’s long-term ambition to make Fiji cleaner for citizens and visitors through self-compliance and enforcement of the Litter Act 2008.

He said the policy provided guidance for se­curing a cleaner Fiji for all Fijians through a decentralised community based, aware­ness, readiness and litter enforcement programme(s).

A proposal would be submitted by CCOA Special Representative, Mr Harris on how the organization could assist the Fijian Government in ensuring cleaner and safer oceans.

 

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