THE clearing of mangroves for development is a worrying concern for all stakeholders involved.
Mangrove Ecosystems for Climate Change Adaptation and Livelihoods (MESCAL) Fiji project co-ordinator Neema Nand believes developments at mangrove sites should concern all individuals because of the social and environmental threats they produce.
"It is a worrying concern, not just for the project but also for all the stakeholders," she said.
"Clearing of mangroves not only means the loss of the mangrove trees but also the loss of biodiversity. The mangroves are habitats for many organisms and well as are a buffer zone."
MESCAL Fiji is working closely with the Department of Environment and other national stakeholders to address priority areas in mangrove management in Fiji.
This includes the review of the 1985-1986 Management Mangrove Plan (MMP), which began in 2010 and is currently in its implementation phase. The review is expected to be concluded by mid next year.