Vuniwaqa: Keep resource owners informed

PROVINCIAL administrators are urged to consult more with iTaukei resource owners on the importance of protecting and managing their resources.

Minister for Lands and Mineral Resources Mereseini Vuniwaqa made this plea while addressing the two-day National iTaukei Resource Owners committee workshop that began at Nadave in Tailevu yesterday.

Ms Vuniwaqa spoke on the importance of establishing vital networks with iTaukei resource owners.

“It is our duty to ensure that whatever position we take is based on the hallmarks and objectives of this committee, which is to promote the capacity development of the iTaukei to make informed decisions on sustainable management of their natural resources,” Ms Vuniwaqa said.

“You must ensure the participation of the iTaukei in decision-making processes that affect their resources; support efforts to increase the resilience of the local iTaukei communities against the impacts of climate change and natural disasters.”

Ms Vuniwaqa said as a resource owner representative, it was their duty to keep their people fully informed and not get involved in politics.

“There is no room for politics in those noble objectives. Objectives which aim to strengthen the institutional framework for iTaukei resource management in Fiji. Do not let politics mar your decision.”

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