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Villagers learn conservation

Dawn Gibson
Saturday, July 05, 2014

ABOUT 30 village representatives from eight different villages in the Navakasiga and Lekutu districts in Bua took part in a three-day workshop, which discussed the importance of coastal livelihoods and coastal conservation.

The workshop, hosted by SeaWeb in Namuavoivoi, introduced the representatives to the importance of managing their natural resources, i yaubula, better.

To help translate the jargon of the science of conservation into understandable and applicable measures, the SeaWeb team put together a flip chart which was designed in a way that allowed anyone to understand it and at the very least be able to discuss the issue.

"Too often, presentations are about scientific issues and not about community needs.

"So the flip chart was created to enable someone from the community to lead the discussion, not someone from outside," explained SeaWeb Asia Pacific director Scott Radway, in a statement this week.

Mr Radway said it was pivotal that community members were able to discuss these points with each other because they understood more than anyone the challenges facing their community.

"We cannot stop development, we have to accept it. However, we need to get everyone talking and discussing things and agreeing together.

"The resources all belong to us in the village and if something happens to our resources, it will affect us all," said Kavula Village's Jone Ledua.

"The flip chart helps us appreciate our resources and what it gives us — in it we can see our village, all the features on land and sea. It makes us realise that we really depend on them for our daily living and needs."


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