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Nawi Island Committed To Eco-friendliness – Walks The Talk

The company said this in itself ensures that all work pertaining to the environment portfolio is scrutinised, reviewed, corrected where needed - ensuring transparency and accountability in all areas of development.
16 Mar 2020 12:37
Nawi Island Committed To Eco-friendliness – Walks The Talk
Marine biologist, Adi Alani Tuivucilevu at Nawi Island Limited in Savusavu.

The developers of Nawi Island in Savusavu understand the importance of sustainable development.

So much so that they are embarking on innovative ways to ensure that they safeguard the environment.

Their strong commitment has seen them become one of the first developer to hire a full-time marine biologist, Adi Alani Tuivucilevu, as an integral member of their team to ensure the protection of the marine environment around the bay.

Ms Tuivucilevu chose to become a marine biologist because of her love of the ocean and wants to help mitigate the environmental effects of developments by working hand in hand with developers.
Mitigation strategies and development

According to Ms Tuivucilevu, one of the reasons she joined Nawi is the strong commitment shown by the Managing Director, Mike Gann, towards being environmentally friendly – a stance she believes sets a clear example to the rest of the industry.

“I really admire the commitment Nawi Island has towards carrying out its bid to achieve sustainable development in the sense that it tries to balance out development with environmental initiatives,” Ms Tuivucilevu said.

“It is proof of the commitment Nawi Island has towards developing the best and raising the bar for Fiji as far as sustainable development is concerned.”

Nawi Island has different plans in place for this marrying of mitigation strategies and development as well as backup plans for when these plans do not work.

Even though they have an in-house marine biologist/ environment officer, they still get independent consultants to carry out independent studies.

The company said this in itself ensures that all work pertaining to the environment portfolio is scrutinised, reviewed, corrected where needed – ensuring transparency and accountability in all areas of development.

Part of Ms Tuivucilevu’s role in the company involves her monitoring the water levels around the development area to ensure that it does not rise to a level which is deemed critical and this sampling is done twice daily around the area.

She also monitors Nawi Island’s Mangrove Rehab Programme and Coral regeneration, which is all part of the plan to ensure that the development is sustainable.

Since the programme’s inception in 2013, Nawi Island has planted more than 20,000 mangrove plants so far, with a steady 80 per cent success rate, and continues to plant.

Ms Tuivucilevu also works with all the various stakeholders in this multi-million-dollar project and monthly, a discussion is held called the Nawi Island Development Environmental Committee (NIDEC).

This is where she updates all stakeholders such as the local business houses along with Government agencies such as the Department of Environment and the Fiji Development Bank.

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