THE Labasa branch of the Fiji Red Cross Society is working with villagers in the north in sustaining their natural environments and taking extra measures to reduce risks against natural disasters.
Fiji Red Cross Disaster Management officer and project co-ordinator Sudesh Prasad said the project was part of other community projects funded by the parent body, International Red Cross Society.
Mr Prasad said they would also focus on the west which was badly affected in the last tropical cyclone as part of their Disaster Risk Reduction Program.
"The purpose of this project is to ensure that we continue to build resilient communities that can address issues that affect their natural surroundings a lot.
"We are reaching out to these communities through our volunteer officers who will be visiting them and working actively with community members on projects that can be implemented to address issues," he said.
Mr Prasad said the effort was aimed at educating communities on the strategies they could take to lessen risks of damage during natural disasters.
"We thank the communities for working closely with us on this project and the ivi plants planted by the Tokamu Village riverside will greatly ensure that erosion of soil is prevented during heavy downpour," he said.
Village headman Semisi Rokoua appreciated the program and said they were worried about the alarming rate at which their river bank was being washed away during heavy rainfall.
"We continue to thank the Fiji Red Cross Society for involving our community in their projects," Mr Rokoua said.