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Fiji marks World Biodiversity Day

Dawn Gibson
Thursday, May 23, 2013

FIJI joined billions of people around the world in marking World Biodiversity Day yesterday in Colo-i-Suva.

The celebration, which was hosted by the Department of Environment, also marked the launch of the department's National Environment Celebrations campaign.

Speaking at the special double occasion was Environment Minister Colonel Samuela Saumatua who said it was important to address problems which pertained to Fiji's threatened biodiversity. "Today's launch coincides with World Biodiversity Day, a day set aside to reflect and address problems of biodiversity with special consideration for water security and biodiversity loss," the minister said.

"Environmental issues impact our economic development, social stability and contribute to environment degradation, which needs an integrated approach to address.

"Fiji has a list of contentious environmental issues including but not limited to littering, pollution of land, water and the air, deforestation, and climate change," Col. Saumatua said in his address yesterday.

In attendance was WWF South Pacific's communications manager Patricia Mallam who said people needed only to look in their back yards to appreciate Fiji's natural diverse beauty.

"This is the day where we celebrate the natural beauty that we have — the birds, the trees and our marine resources — the combination of all our natural resources," Ms Mallam said.