A TEAM of conservationists from the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society are working in Collaboration with South Pacific Projects to assist villagers of Dawasamu, Tailevu in realising the true potential of their lands.
Howard Foster, of the United Kingdom-Based South Pacific Projects said the team of researchers was conducting studies on spinner dolphins in the area and their findings would assist the villagers with ensuring sustainable eco-tourism in the area. Dawasamu has been benefitting from dolphin tours conducted at the Moon Reef, a site frequented by spinner dolphins in the day.
"The Tikina of Dawasamu already has an eco-lodge and there is another resort called Takalana in the area that conducts dolphin watch tours."
"These are both operated and managed by the villagers," he said.
"Our main aim here is to give the community the knowledge of how to manage and conserve their resources so that they can continue to benefit from it," he said.
"We cannot emphasise enough that the work we are doing will benefit the community of Dawasamu," he added.
Mr Foster explained through the research and awareness with the villagers, they were looking to ensure that all benefits went back to the district of Dawasamu.