KNOWN as C3 ambassadors, villagers of Kia Island in Macuata are serious about saving their marine resources.
And they are grateful to the Community Centred Conservation (C3), a United Kingdom founded non-governmental organisation for enlightening them on the importance of the marine area that surrounds their village.
Villagers from Yaro, Daku and Ligau on the island of Kia have been part of C3 since it moved to the island in April last year.
Villager and ambassador Varanisese Masiniqa said she had learnt a lot from the group.
"We take for granted the existence of the Great Sea Reef in our area and continue to carry out fishing practices even at times not realising it is overfishing."
"After the group came to the island and worked with us, we have grown to know more about the importance of marine resources and the role it plays with nature," Ms Masiniqa said.
Prior to the group's arrival, Ms Masiniqa said there was lack of educational and awareness program on the island regarding marine resources.
"We used to cut firewood from mangroves not knowing the important role of the mangrove and after all the awareness programs, most of us thought twice about cutting firewood," she said.
Yaro Village headman Noa Sorowaqali has also praised the NGO for its commitment in continuing to work with the villagers over the past year.