Nacula ‘Sustainable Development Plan’ launch next month

Nacula district sustainable development plan participant group photo. Picture: SUPPLIED/WWF-PACIFIC

THE Nacula District Sustainable Development Plan will be launched in the first week of August and is a 20 Year Plan from 2018-2038.

Community representatives of the district were part of a three day consultation conducted by WWF-Pacific which was held this week to finalize the first ever 20 year Nacula Sustainable Development Plan (2018-2038).

A statement by WWF-Pacific said the final round of discussions was held at Malakati village and provided individuals from seven communities to prioritize on development issues in the first five years of the Nacula District Development Plan.

Nacula District Representative, Saimoni Naivalu said the consultation allowed the communities and WWF-Pacific to finalize the plan that has been in discussion for the last three years.

“It has been a patient and long process and we are grateful for the effort WWF-Pacific has put in. This plan will be our road map for development and at the same time ensures that development is done through a sustainable process,” Mr Naivalu said.

“Health and sanitation is an area that we hope to address because we still have a few houses in the district that are still using pit and water seal toilets despite the availability of piping water system.” he said.

Meanwhile the Sustainable Development Plan is a partnership between the communities of Nacula district, relevant stakeholders, Government and the World Wide Fund for Nature – Pacific (WWF-Pacific) through its USAID Pacific American Climate Fund (PACAM) and German funded ‘Living with Change: Resilient Mangroves, Fisheries and People of Fiji and PNG’ projects.

The Nacula District Sustainable Development Plan was developed through a series of consultations, with the maritime and urban communities of Nacula district and stakeholders that included Government.

WWF-Pacific’s project climate change support officer, Apolosa Robaigau said the Nacula District Sustainable Development Plan is intended to promote integrated development and enhance the proper management of natural resources at the district level.

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