Environment under threat

The dying vegetation and dried up lake at Wainisavulevu in Naitasiri. Picture: SIKELI QOUNADOVU

DESTRUCTION from increased hydro-power development around the Monasavu Dam threatens the entire environment of Viti Levu, according to a group of Fiji environmental experts.

NatureFiji-MareqetiViti (NFMV), a leading Fiji environmental organisation, has warned that people who depend on Viti Levu’s biggest rivers could be affected by changes in the environment caused by hydro-power expansion.

NFMV director Nunia Moko says there has been significant destruction of the Viti Levu cloud forest system. (But) “this is the system that is probably holding the island together ecologically to sustain us human beings”, Ms Moko said.

Ms Moko warned that if this cloud forest area was lost the Rewa, Ba and Sigatoka rivers could in future dry up from time to time.

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