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$17K Paid Out For Jobs

Reversing the negative impacts of biodiversity of Fiji’s flora and fauna will kick off with the initial work of 17 groups. Minister for Waterways and Environment, Mahendra Reddy, yesterday named
25 Aug 2021 12:00
$17K Paid Out For Jobs
Minister for Waterways and Environment, Mahendra Reddy and Sereima Toloi, of Sorokoba, Ba.

Reversing the negative impacts of biodiversity of Fiji’s flora and fauna will kick off with the initial work of 17 groups.

Minister for Waterways and Environment, Mahendra Reddy, yesterday named the groups identified to under take rehabilitation works for nature.

They were among 40 applicants the ministry received for its Jobs for Nature Rehabilitation programme.

The ministry earlier announced room for 150 groups to participate in the programme.

Each group gets $1000 as part of financial support for the respective communities, in their undertakings towards the programme.

The first lots of recipients were from Ba, Labasa and Rewa.

The programme, aimed at building on Fiji’s biodiversity, has a budget allocation of $4 million.

“Fiji’s biodiversity is also under growing pressure from threats,” Mr Reddy said.

He said the threats range from:
– overfishing,

– poor land use that led to agricultural run-off,

– unsustainable forest management practices,

– poor waste management practices, and

– habitat destruction in the coastal areas that threatens mangroves, estuaries, coral reefs and foreshore ecosystems.

 

“Protecting our environment and our biodiversity is protecting ourselves and our livelihood,” Mr Reddy said.

“Protecting our planet’s ecosystems is protecting our societies within the context of sustainability.”

Mr Reddy said the ministry will call for expression of interest for rehabilitation work on larger biodiversity systems.

 

One of the 17 recipients, Sereima Toloi of Sorokoba, Ba, said the programme came as a breath of fresh air.

“It would help build the lost practise of communal team work,” she said.

 

The first 17 recipients of Jobs for Nature programme:

– Aisea Kalisiwaqa

– Taniela Navuru

– Sakaraia Pe

– Meli Koroimeca

– Karalaini Vakalolo Natau

– Lomanikoro Village Yaubula Committee

– Nukui Village Yau-bula Committee

– Nadoi Village Yau-bula Committee

– Nasigatoka Village Yaubula Committee

– Vunuku Village Yau-bula Committee

– Tavuya Village Yau-bula Committee

– Drekena Village Yaubula Committee

– Nukutubu Village Yaubula Committee

– Lokia Village Yau-bula Committee

– Nasilai Village Yau-bula Committee

– Narocivo Village Yaubula Committee

– Nabau Womens Club

 

 

Feedback: frederica.elbourne@fijisun.com.fj



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