THE Ba Provincial Council has agreed to establish committees in every village in the province to overlook their natural resources.
A council meeting in Lautoka yesterday agreed that the yaubula committees would be formed at village, tikina and provincial levels.
Roko tui Ba Timoci Tukana said there was a need for villagers to take ownership of the preservation of their natural resources.
"One of the main things that were discussed was the formation of the yaubula committee at the village, tikina and provincial levels," Ratu Timoci said.
"Concerns have been raised by village elders of the need for a committee to be set up to look after our yaubula and also make submissions before major developments take place."
Mr Tukana said in the past, villages and districts relied on reports put together by the Environment Ministry and other government departments before a development could take place.
"We want a committee that will be responsible for our natural resources and they will make their own submissions when it comes to development.
"We have been relying on reports from the Ministry of Environment which conduct environment impact assessments and fisheries impact assessments.
"Apart from those, our yaubula committees will also make their own reports on what sort of yaubula needs to be preserved."
Welcoming the decision to have the committee set up, Momo na Tui Drola Ratu Epeli Vuetibau Bogileka said the need for such a committee was long overdue.
"We have been in need of a committee like this because for many years, there have been developments in our villages and tikina and most of the benefits went to those who came to set up their businesses on our land," he said.