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The Mana love affair

Ropate Valemei
Saturday, November 17, 2012

THE Mana Island resort and Spa is caring about its environment for the future generation to witness the natural resources they are enjoying now.

For 40 years now, the resort has been carefully conserving it natural grass, white sandy beaches, forests, rivers and sea. General Manager, Masao Tanaka said they had been involving their staff and guests.

"We have activities once a month on the awareness of the environment. We also encourage our guests to pick up rubbish or educate them on the importance of the environment," said Mr Tanaka. He said the resort had e-day once a month for the environment clean-up and marine conservation program. "This is an ongoing project for the resort from the past few years." For the marine conservation, the resort has recently opened a few taboo areas on their fishing grounds. Sales and marketing manager Cecelia Frost Nasau said the three-year taboo was opened on October 6.

Ms Nasau said the taboo resulted from the excessive removal of marine creatures such as coral, starfish, shells, crabs and sea grapes which was supposed to be conserved for the future generation and tourist attraction.

She said the areas were marked with local vaivai tree wrapped in coconut leaves installed around the the reefs of Mana Island which simply symbolises the importance of taboo in a traditional way.

"The areas which are still on taboo have resources and we are keeping it for the future generation. We will not touch it.We are not going to open it," she said. "We only opened a few taboo areas for the village but have most of the areas closed."

She said they approached the mataqali and the villagers for dialogue on the taboo areas.

She added they have awareness programs for the village on recycling and continue to work with them on maintaining the environments and the marine sanctuary.





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