Resorts commit to climate change awareness

NINE resorts in the Mamanuca Group have committed themselves to raising awareness on the adverse impact of climate change.

The resorts — Malolo Island Resort, Likuliku Lagoon Resort, Castaway Island Resort, Mana Island Resort, Tokoriki Island Resort, Vomo Island Resort, South Seas, Navini Island Resort and Tavarua Island Resort — are part of the Mamanuca Environment Society.

MES project officer Marica Volavola said the awareness was a significant component of the project that aimed to establish an educational platform for resort staff to learn about climate change.

“Having this type of awareness program is a great opportunity for us to learn more and it gives an insight on the changes that is happening around the world and especially on our small islands,” she said.

“Most of the staff are not aware on the impacts of climate change and not many of us even know what exactly climate change is.”

She said South Sea Island, Navini Island and Tavarua Island Resort were resorts visited by MES recently.

“Relaying from the NRM (Natural Resource Management Plan) being implemented within communities to build up ways for a sustainable environment, the two resorts have also engaged in the NRM activity to also state issues within the island and to find ways to mitigate or adapt to these issues.”

According to MES, the workshops ended with an activity where staff mapped out places that have been affected and activities that were in place within the resorts.

After the mapping activity, staff members of the respective resorts were asked to point out common issues within the two groups and work out a management plan for their resort. MES will also visit Namotu Island Resort and Cloud 9 in the next few weeks.

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