About Dwain Qalovaki

Dwain Qalovaki is from Lau and was recently a traditional voyager on board the Fijian 22 metre traditional double hulled canoe, Uto ni Yalo. He is also the Communications Officer at the Wildlife Conservation Society in Fiji. Dwain’s mind is always thinking of the next big idea to support conservation in the Vatu-i-Ra Seascape.

Changing Tides: Youth taking action

During the annual Fiji Locally Managed Marine Area (FLMMA) network workshop in December 2014, I met Mr. Kelevi Navua, the chairperson for the Youth Committee for Tailevu. This committee was set up to support different initiatives in the province and to promote the engagement of youth.
Kelevi said “At the moment, our conservation efforts for the […]

Three dimensional model used to visualise conservation and development on Ovalau

Ovalau is the sixth largest island in Fiji and is where the former capital of Fiji was based. Last December I met Mr. Mesake Drawaitu, a representative from Lomaiviti Province and a divisional representative for the Fiji Locally Marine Managed Area (FLMMA) network. Mesake was telling me about how on Ovalau, they have been using […]

Sustaining traditions in modern times

During the annual Fiji Locally Managed Marine Area (FLMMA) network workshop in December 2014, I had the privilege to meet Tarusila Ratu, a dynamic woman, who is the Secretary for the Bua Yaubula Management Support Team (BYMST). The BYMST was formed at the FLMMA provincial network meeting in November 2012, to support local communities in […]