THE Sisi Initiative/Natewa Tunuloa Site Support Group is one of 25 recipients of the Equator Initiative Award at the United Nations (UN) Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The Sisi Initiative is a UN Development Program (UNDP) Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Program (SGP) Fiji grantee.
SGP supports activities of non-government and community-based organisations in developing countries towards climate change abatement.
The SGP also supports the groups in the protection and conservation of the environment.
The Sisi Initiative through its partner Birdlife Fiji received the funding in 2011 for a reforestation program on the Natewa Tunuloa Peninsula.
Receiving the prize on behalf of the group was Sisi Initiative/project co-ordinator Sirilo Lalaqila.
A high powered Fiji government delegation was on hand to show support to Mr Lalaqila.
The Sisi Initiative is a BirdLife Fiji project. the group is named after the Sisi bird — also known as the Silktail Lamprolia victoriae — which is found only in the Natewa Tunuloa Peninsula on the island of Vanua Levu.