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Sustainable strategy

Ropate Valemei In Levuka
Thursday, July 31, 2014

THE Lomaiviti Provincial Council is working with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) on the draft of a strategy to protect its natural resources.

Roko tui Lomaiviti Penijamini Velitokaduadua says they are happy to engage with WWF on this initiative to protect their fishing ground and its natural environment for the benefit of the province and their future.

He said WWF was working on the draft Lomaiviti Provincial Natural Resources Strategy that would be presented today.

WWF Pacific's Alfred Ralifo said it took him long enough to draft the strategy after consultations with communities in the province.

"I believe it is going to be endorsed because this is the draft they have been looking forward to," Mr Ralifo said.

"It is also in line with the iTaukei Affairs Board's policies that all provincial offices should have a natural resources management strategy."

Mr Ralifo said the strategy meant to co-ordinate all conservation activities that were already happening on the ground, and at the same time development at the province should be done in a sustainable way.

"It ensures and empowers community members to speak up on issues of development and relevant government department are notified and proper environmental impact assessments are done," Mr Ralifo said.

According to him, this would mean a person in a community could have a say in the conservation of its marine resources.

He said the strategy also highlighted that communities should be well informed. Mr Ralifo said WWF implemented the same strategy in the province of Macuata on Vanua Levu and later drafted the same strategy for the people of Ba.

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