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Coastal forest restoration vital

Shayal Devi
Friday, June 27, 2014

RESTORATION of coastal forests in western Fiji is critical for a sustainable marine ecosystem.

And the Mamanuca Environment Society has taken a step forward to work with resorts in the area to restore coastal and dry forests.

"This is the habitat for the critically endangered Fijian crested iguana," said MES marine awareness officer Filomena Serenia. "With the coastal restoration, the introduction and planting of vertiver grass along the coastline is done to help reduce the washing away of the beach. With the dry forest restoration, resorts are encouraged to plant native forests."

The organisation is also conducting bi-annual water sampling, site inspections and reef checks.

"Another one of the society's biggest projects is the environment school program. This program normally runs for two school terms and MES currently works with seven primary schools and one secondary school.

"The school program is an introduction to the environment and conservation, covering topics from waste management, coral reef formations and biology, ridge to reef concepts in conservation, water sources and management, endemic and endangered species of Fiji and climate change to name a few."

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