Yavusa Navakavu proposes vision for Navakavu Blue Economic Zone and Lami to Veisari Corridor Development

Yavusa Navakavu proposes vision for Navakavu Blue Economic Zone and Lami to Veisari Corridor Development

By Navitalai Naivalurua
Monday 26/02/2024
Photo: Supplied

The Yavusa Navakavu community will submit a comprehensive policy paper for Cabinet approval, outlining the vision for the Navakavu Blue Economic Zone and sustainable development of the Lami to Veisari corridor.

The Yavusa Navukavu comprises 7 districts and 5 villages and owns approximately 960 acres of land in the Suva and Lami areas.

With a focus on energizing resilience, the strategic plan for 2024 to 2028, was endorsed by landowners during a consultation held at the Seafarers Hall in Walu Bay, Suva.

The Yavusa says the Economic Zone cabinet paper received overwhelming support from the Yavusa members and now awaits finalizing and submission to Cabinet shortly.

They say obtaining Cabinet approval paves the way for sustainable development partnership for infrastructure development to support economic activities in the Lami Veisari corridor.

The clan says the Navakavu Development Trust proposes a range of nature-based recreational and adventure activities within the Navakavu Blue Economic Zone to showcase the region's diverse natural beauty.

It says visitors will have the opportunity to explore mangrove walkways, embark on eco-tourism boat tours through the Bay of Islands, and indulge in snorkelling and diving adventures to discover the vibrant marine life beneath the crystal-clear waters. It adds adventurers can take on the challenge of hiking to Mount Korobaba, where stunning vistas await, or explore heritage World War II gun sites that offer a glimpse into the region's rich history.

The clan says the Trust envisions a robust economic ecosystem within the Blue Economic Zone, featuring a vibrant Navakavu City that serves as a hub for commerce and culture.

It says the development will include eco-tourism accommodations nestled amidst the natural surroundings, commercial centres catering to local businesses and tourists, a state-of-the-art Business Process Outsourcing campus, and marine educational tourism facilities aimed at fostering environmental awareness and conservation efforts.

Minister for Public Works Ro Filipe Tuisawau says it is very important for landowners to understand the resources they have and how they will utilize them in terms of sustainable development, keeping in mind the environment and also climate change.

He says it would be a balance between development for economic purposes and development in terms of preserving what we have for future generations.

Navakavu Trustees Development Chairman Seveci Naisilisili emphasised the need for a delicate equilibrium between economic development and environmental preservation, considering both present needs and the well-being of future generations amidst the challenges posed by climate change.

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