Macuata, second Ramsar site in Fiji

Commissioner Northern Jovesa Vocea, left, at the workshop in Labasa today. Picture: SERAFINA SILAITOGA

MACUATA has become the second Ramsar site in Fiji under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance.

In opening the national workshop for the management of Qoliqoli Cokovata Ramsar site in Labasa today, Commissioner Northern Jovesa Vocea told guests that this was a historic event.

“Today’s event has brought together various government stakeholders and key partners,  communities and individuals to share and access information that will enable a holistic approach to manage and protect the amazing ecosystem of the Great Sea Reef. ”

The Convention on Wetlands, called the Ramsar Convention, is an intergovernmental treaty that provides the framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources.

Having the Macuata marine protected area under Ramsar means that villagers living in the four districts of Macuata, Sasa, Dreketi and Mali could generate income from the site.

WWF program officer Francis Areki said they could use the site for educational trips or for tourism purposes as well.

More on this story in tomorrow’s edition of The Fiji Times.

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