THE Forestry Department is planning to establish a new protected area in the Delaikoro forests in Macuata for the purpose of conserving the environment and its species.
This week, a team of 11, comprising personnel from the fisheries, forestry and agriculture departments, USP and Nature Fiji conducted a survey in the area.
Forester Jale Tauraga said the greater Delaikoro area was among two other areas in the country chosen for the survey.
"The survey covers a wide range of assessment such as avifauna, herptofauna, entomofauna, ichthyofauna, flora, vegetation, invasive, landuse, socio-economic, inventory and archaeology," he said.
"This is the first survey of its kind and it will also be conducted in Taveuni and the greater Tomaniivi area in Viti Levu. Out of this exercise, we aim to promote sustainable forest management."
Mr Tauraga said the survey would continue until next year.
"This survey requires a lot of time and effort and we want to ensure that the protected area is not exploited. This is because people and wildlife depend on it for survival.
"After Delaikoro, we will move to Taveuni before finalising our survey in Tomaniivi."