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‘We Are Trying To Save Our Village’

Youth Club members with assistance from the Ministry of Youth and Sports planted 1200 mangroves along the sea shore to help address the sea level rise issue in the village.
14 May 2022 07:30
‘We Are Trying To Save Our Village’
Viani Village Youth Club members planting mangrove along the sea shore at Viani Village in Cakaudrove on May 10, 2022.

Another area in Cakaudrove Province affected by climate change is Viani Village.

On Tuesday, their Youth Club members with assistance from the Ministry of Youth and Sports planted 1,200 mangroves along the sea shore to help address the sea level rise issue in the village.

Village headman Sekonaia Biumaiwai said sea level rise became an issue after Tropical Cyclone Yasa on December 17, 2020.

 

“During high tide, sea water enters the village green and under some homes,” he said.

“There are 51 houses in the village and 5 houses located near the shore.”

“We are trying everything possible to save our village.”

 

Meanwhile, the village youths underwent a two-day training conducted by the Fiji Police Force and the Ministry of Fisheries and conservation officer from the Cakaudrove Provincial Office.

“The training has empowered youths and given hope for villagers to live at least a few more years without fear of losing our homes,” Mr Biumaiwai said.

There are about 303 villagers in Viani.

 

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