Traditional leaders of Ovalau launch an island-scale plan to manage resources sustainably

Traditional leaders of Ovalau launch an island-scale plan to manage resources sustainably

By Rashika Kumar
Sunday 29/05/2022
Image: Wildlife Conservation Society Facebook

All 25 villages of Ovalau including Levuka Town have committed to managing their terrestrial, freshwater, coastal and marine ecosystems sustainably.

Wildlife Conservation Society says after witnessing multiple factors contributing to the depletion of natural resources and increasing impacts of climate change, local communities are taking ownership of their actions to control of how it affects the ecosystems that they depend on for their livelihoods.

They say the four paramount chiefs of the island reinforced their commitment to supporting actions that help ecosystems that provide for their needs, build resilience and be able to continue providing for the needs of their future generations.

WCS Melanesia Director, Dr. Stacy Jupiter says the Ecosystem-based Management plan will strengthen the implementation of existing customary management practices surrounding the use of natural resources.

She says it also offers new strategies that promote food security, human wellbeing, as well as protecting Ovalauโ€™s unique biodiversity.

WCS Community Engagement Coordinator, Akanisi Caginitoba says village elders and community members identified approaches to address threats, including the establishment of management rules and protected areas to ensure the sustainable management of the islandโ€™s natural resources.



Latest Videos

Stay tuned for the latest news on our radio stations

CFL radio frequencies
IN DEPTH
Pacific Nations Cup 2022
Fiji is the most successful team in the competition, claiming five PNC titles, including a four in a row between 2015 to 2018. Fijiโ€™s first match ...
1 day ago

Budget 2022 - 2023
The 2022/2023 National Budget will be delivered on the 15th of July this ...
2 days ago

RKS and Tailevu North retain Tailevu Zone title
RKS won the boys division with 25 gold, 21 silver and 24 bronze. Tailevu North College took out the girls title with 33 gold, 17 silver and 9 bronze ...
10 days ago
FEATURE NEWS
Close to 20 people including children as young as 9 sleep under the Stinson Bridge in Suva every night
Close to 20 people including children as young as 9 to 10 years old sleep under the Stinson Bridge in Suva City every night as they say they do not wa...
2 hours ago
LATEST NEWS
FNPF confirms it has invested $93.1 million for a 30.02% stake in Fiji Airways
The Fiji National Provident Fund has today confirmed that it has invested $93.1 million for a 30.02 percent stake in Fiji Airways as part of a ...
2 hours ago

Increase civil servants pay - Chaudhry
Fiji Labour Party Leader, Mahendra Chaudhry is calling on the government to increase civil servants pay. Chaudhry says civil servants have not had ...
2 hours ago

12yr-old-boy reported missing in Navua found in Lami Town
The 12-year-old boy who was earlier reported missing in Nasasa, Navua has been found in Lami Town. The boy was missing since Tuesday ...
3 hours ago

MOH makes an urgent recall after wrong tablets were issued to some patients visiting Punjas Health Centre in Lautoka on Monday
A small number of adult patients who visited the Punjas Health Centre in Lautoka between 9am to 3pm on Monday 4th July, and were prescribed oral ...
6 hours ago

Some street beggars and street dwellers continue to return to towns and cities despite getting assistance - Govt
Despite assisting children, street beggars and street dwellers through the Social Protection Program, some of them continue to return to towns and ...
6 hours ago

TOP