MEMBERS of the Pan Pacific and South East Asia Women's Association (PPSEAWA) youth organisation yesterday visited Wainawa Village where they planted seedlings of the endemic Fiji sago palm.
In line with the environmental theme of the PPSEAWA conference being held in Fiji, the 25 youths did their bit to help the plant that could otherwise face extinction in the near future.
NatureFiji-Mareqetiviti's conservation officer Nunia Thomas, who helped organise the trip, said because of the demand for leaves of the palm for thatch at hotels, it had been harvested unsustainably in recent years.
"Three hundred women depend on this as a source of income, so the best option is to harvest them sustainably."
PPSEAWA Core Youth ambassador Angela Lee said it was important to value the environment so that it would be able to sustain the next generation.