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Villagers give up $300k forest for relocation

Felix Chaudhary
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

VILLAGERS of Vunidogoloa in Cakaudrove, Vanua Levu, gave up $300,000 worth of native forest in a bid to ensure the community was relocated.

This was after seawater inundation rendered the village uninhabitable.

Village headman Sailosi Ramatu said village participation and the drive to ensure family members had a safe place to live played a big role in their push for relocation.

Mr Ramatu said the virgin forest was swapped for timber and building materials for the construction of 30 new houses at the new village site.

He made the comment while speaking to participants at the International Labour Organization's Working Out of Disaster workshop in Nadi yesterday.

He said repeated efforts were made since promises were made by the Government in 2009 for relocation. The efforts were to no avail.

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