A GROUP of conservation experts and teachers were farewelled on Wednesday by Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA), following their selection to be part of a two-week JICA-funded training program in Japan.
They are expected to depart today for Japan where they will learn about conservation methods used there and how these can be replicated here.
Speaking to the group, senior education officer from the Ministry of Environment Parmeshwar Mohan said the participants should use the opportunity to develop their facilities, knowledge and skills.
"It was from your hard work and commitment towards your work which has made us select you from the many other teachers who had applied," Mr Mohan said.
Director town and country planning Losana Rokotuibau said the nature and culture should be treasured and preserved.
"Fiji's island biodiversity is extremely important as it suffices our livelihood and survival," Ms Rokotuibau said.
"It is important to note that our cultural values, tradition and lifestyles are the result of our relationship with our environment."
The participants were in a two-hour pre-departure orientation at the JICA office in Suva.