IN an effort to protect their water sources and subsequently their fishing grounds, villagers of Korotubu in Macuata have planted about 1000 native trees in their forest.
Korotubu Village headman Noa Soroaqali said activities such as burning for the purpose of clearing farms had been banned in the forests.
Mr Soroaqali said this ban even included the use of weedicide on village farms.
"We are thankful to the Global Environment Facility for funding the project and World Wide Fund for Nature for the implementation of the project," he said.
"The people in the village have come to know the benefits of this conservation project since its establishment in 2008.
"We are thankful for their insight in choosing Korotubu to be part of this wonderful project."
Mr Soroaqali said they had witnessed an abundant yield in their crops and an increase in the fish numbers within their fishing grounds.
Speaking during a recent tour of the forest rehabilitation site, WWF project officer Kolinio Musudroka said the forests in the area were thriving under the new conditions that the village agreed to follow in the conservation of their forests.
"The concept of conserving their natural resources has helped them a lot in maintaining and sustaining their available resources for their future generation," he said.