Naividamu villagers initiate mangrove replanting exercise

Ladies of Naividamu Village in Macuata taking the lead in the replanting program. Picture: SUPPLIED

A MANGROVE replanting exercise undertaken by villagers of Naividamu in Macuata aims to protect the village shoreline from coastline and seawater erosion.

The project resulted from a workshop on mangrove ecosystem conservation carried out in the village by World Wide Fund for Nature – Pacific (WWF-Pacific) and Community Centred Conservation (C3).

WWF-Pacific’s Macuata field officer Opeti Vateitei said mangroves were great agents to safeguard against coastal erosion.

He said once those mangroves became well-established, they would be great buffer zones for the community of Naividamu.

“It is great to see the community themselves, taking the proactive approach of protecting their community,” Mr Vateitei said.

WWF is part of the Global Mangrove Alliance partnership that was formed at the World Ocean Summit in 2017.

The Global Mangrove Alliance is an initiative to increase mangrove habitats by 20 per cent by the year 2030.

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