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Significant threat

Atasa Moceituba
Thursday, July 17, 2014

CLIMATE change is already having an impact on biodiversity, and is projected to become a progressively more significant threat in the coming decades.

These were the words of Buretu chief Ratu Noni Veikoso as Buretu Village hosted the 2014 Hibiscus queens at the village yesterday.

For the past 40 years, Buretu villagers in Tailevu searched for various measures to best address the issue of climate change and at the same time, stop soil erosion.

Ratu Noni said soil erosion was one of the major problems they had faced for the past 40 years.

He said for the past few years the river had expanded causing the banks to slowly erode and gradually wear away.

"As you can see the river is getting wider which means the village is shrinking. That is one of the challenges that we are facing and we also have the high water table that is under the ground level we only need to dig three feet down before we reach the water."

He said it got to an extent where they tried to build sea walls around the village just to stop the water from washing the soil away.

"All our efforts are in vain, we don't know what to do now. The only way we could best address this issue is if we work together and raise awareness programs so that people can be informed and start conserving their environment."

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