Safeguarding wildlife in Lomaiviti province

A traditional fisherman, Rusiate Valenitabua instinctively knows the spawning seasons of different marine animals, fishing techniques unique to his village as well as the role that mangroves play in sheltering communities. From the coastal village of Nukui in Rewa, Rusiate Valenitabua now lives in Lomaiviti as the newly appointed provincial conservation officer.

Having completed a Postgraduate […]

First i-Taukei woman appointed to fisheries network

With the proverbial thick skin and a love of her village, Tarusila Veibi is a portrait of village determination.
“My role is to take up issues to the bose vanua on behalf of the yaubula (natural resources) committee,” said Tarusila, of Tiliva Village, in Bua. “I’ve been spoken harshly at, but I never let that be […]

Growing roots: Miriama Qoro sets up in Ra

Growing up in Nawaka village in Nadi, Miriama Qoro always thought that she would eventually become a nurse or even a doctor. However, with her interest in the natural environment she would eventually enrol at the University of the South Pacific for the Bachelor of Science degree program.
Fast forward three years later. Following her graduation, […]

Koro Island pledges support

Last month a team of facilitators led by Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), alongside representatives from the Fijian Ministry of Fisheries and Forests, Department of Environment and from the Fiji Locally Managed Marine Area (FLMMA) network attended a workshop in Koro Island in the Lomaiviti Province which is part of the Vatu-i-Ra Seascape.
The purpose of the […]

Green energy powers the Suva marathon

As the starter gun fired in the rain on a windy August morning, 800 runners set out along the capital city’s sea wall as part of the South Pacific’s greatest road race, the Suva Marathon.

A draw card of the marathon which saw runners complete the full marathon (40.2km), half marathon (21.1km), and 10 km fun […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]