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Understanding the Dawasamu reef

As part of his Masters Degree at University of the South Pacific, Dave Yeeting Junior is undertaking studying changes in fish catch in the Dawasamu District of Tailevu Province within the Vatu-i-Ra Seascape.

The Dawasamu District is known as a traditional fishing area or qoliqoli that is approximately 100km2 and includes a variety of oceanographic […]

Marking out the Vatu-i-Ra Seascape: A stakeholder’s journey

“Areas of importance to us has been passed down traditionally from our forefathers. However being in the same room as all our stakeholders has provided an opportunity to link traditional, economic and biodiversity values in the Vatu-i-Ra Seascape”, said Tui Wailevu Ratu Saiasi Rogoyawa.

Over the course of a day and a half, thirty-two stakeholders from […]

Improving sweet livelihoods in Bua province

Over the course of three days in June, 22 bee farmers from all over Lekutu district converged in Kavula village to learn how to sustain and further grow their community bee farms.

As part of the training, participants discussed various topics such as bee sociology, pest management and equipment maintenance. They shared lessons and experiences through […]

Fiji Museum hosts exhibition on Vatu-i-Ra Seascape

On a windy night in early January, 2015 a collection of Fijian artists gathered at the once bustling old Suva hospital, turned make shift art studio in Tamavua.

Among the topics of conversation over many bowls of kava was the idea for an art and photo exhibition to showcase our beautiful Fijian environment. Thus begun months […]

Vitawa takes the lead in 4FJ campaign

In a major boost for the 4FJ campaign, Vitawa in Rakiraki District has banned catching kawakawa and donu June through September.

The 4FJ campaign (short for For Fiji) is seeking pledges from across Fiji not to eat, buy or sell the fish during its peak breeding months, June though September. The voluntary pledge is intended […]

Fiji TV set to broadcast nature documentaries

Avid television viewers in Fiji and across the Pacific region can now look forward to the increase in nature documentaries from the comfort of their homes.

The Pacific’s largest broadcaster, Fiji Television Limited (Fiji TV) announced its partnership with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) for free programs on conservation efforts to encourage public support for the […]

Growing green perspectives in the Bua province

In 2014 the i-Taukei Affairs Board enlisted conservation officers to increase on the ground resources required to work in the fourteen provincial councils to champion sustainable management and conservation of their natural resources.

Bua’s Conservation Officer Eferemo Kubunavanua enters the scene.

In little over a year Eferemo walks freely through the village green in Raralevu where the […]

Villagers fight against poaching

Sakiusa Yavala, a retired teacher from Namarai Village in Ra, squinted his eyes as he tried to make out the silhouette on the horizon. Yes, it seemed to be the same fishing boat he had seen the day before with three other boats. It was anchored alone this time, inside the community fishing grounds, or […]

Kubulau: Reaping the benefits of sustainable traditions

Nestled on the southern coast of Vanua Levu is the Kubulau district in the heart of Bua Province.

This place is home to one of the world’s top diving destinations, the Namena Marine Reserve, where years ago the community agreed to better manage and conserve their natural resources. Through establishing the reserve through traditional governance […]

Community based solutions at Nayavuira village

Many coastal communities are facing the problem of coastal erosion but the villagers of Nayavuira in Rakiraki, Ra have taken the initiative to take action and not wait for government assistance. Houses near the beach were also being vulnerable as the coastline started eroding caused by flooding and strong waves. They believed that a stream […]