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Green Fiji challenge

Ropate Valemei
Saturday, December 08, 2012

TO raise awareness of some of Fiji's biodiversity sites that people are not aware of, the Department of Environment and representatives of government ministries and stakeholders visited the sites, environment project sites and areas of environmental importance.

The department led a two-day trip around Viti Levu last week to commemorate the National Environment Celebrations with a series of awareness activities.

The department's acting senior resources management and awareness officer, Tavenisa Luisa, said an objective of the trip was to raise awareness of environment project sites.

"The trip was also designed to raise awareness and address environment issues faced at the grassroots level," said Ms Luisa.

She said the theme 'Green Fiji, we are going green, are you?' was a challenge to the people in promoting a sustainable lifestyle for a better, safe and healthy environment.

"We can think of a Green Fiji as an economic environment that achieves a holistic sustainable development through low carbon emissions, resource efficiency and at the same time socially inclusive," she said.

The trip was also part of the World Environment Day celebrations, which is celebrated annually on June 5.

"The main purpose of inviting stakeholders, statutory bodies and the media is to witness the onsite projects, create networking. They can take the initiative to report back to their management," she said.

She said the visit was to open the mind-set of their stakeholders.

An international communication volunteer for World Wide Fund, Zehra Zawawi, said the trip was very educational and that she had learnt a lot in terms of awareness and conservation of historical sites in villages around Viti Levu.