MES Fiji are lucky to have highly qualified staff to help maintain the Mamanuca environment. Our staff have an abundance of experience and remain passionate about the MES mission which is to promote awareness of the need to protect the marine and terrestrial resources of the Mamanuca Region and to assist, through partnerships with local communities, tourism operators, government and non-government organisations, in the environmentally sustainable development of these resources for the benefit of present and future generations…
Below are the people who work tirelessly for MES. Vinaka!
Position: Project Manager
Marica Vakacola hails from Nadoria, Dreketi , Rewa. Joined MES as Assistant Project Manager in January 2013.
In October last year , I took up the new position as Project Manager. A very challenging role and will continue build up the Team work and work in partnership with our Cooperate sponsors , government stakeholders and academic institution in promoting sustainable practices in protecting the environment for the benefits of the tourist and community stakeholders situated in the Mamanuca Region.
Name: Ilisapeci Botevou
Position: Project Officer
Ilisapeci Sokidi joined MES in 2014. She hails from Daku Village in the District of Nakelo, Tailevu. She had done her attachment with the society and later appointed as Project Officer later in the year. She graduated with Higher Education Diploma in Environmental Science from the Fiji National University. Her passion and interest lies in creating awareness and spreading the gospel of marine & terrestrial conservation inline with the Ridge to Reef Concept within Mamanuca resorts & Communities.
Name: Lusiana Dalituicama
Position: Climate Change Project Officer
Village: Sasa, Macuata, Vanua Levu | Maternal links: Vanuaso, Gau, Lomaiviti
• Graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Science
• Joined in August 2016 as a volunteer
• Took up the position in December 2016
• Hobbies: Swimming/ snorkeling, photography, reading, socializing
As an individual, my primary goal is to continue to learn and grow by the day- to continue to push forward despite the challenge. With the organization and given position being a new learning platform for me, I am fortunate to now have the opportunity to be able to go beyond the four walls of classroom based theories and studies and see with my own eyes real-life environmental challenges and issues threatening local communities MES liaises with, in regards to rising sea levels, land degradation, deforestation, coral bleaching, low biodiversity, saltwater intrusions and countless more that have been majorly caused by negligence, unsustainable development projects and climate change impacts experienced by these coastal communities. Moreover, I hope to reach out to individuals right at grass root level and assist in developing programs and activities that will enhance the skills and talents of this generation and produce proactive environment champions that will see to the continuation of things being taught to them, so that the following generation is not only able HAVE a future but in time, SEE and enjoy their future; surplus with the same God-given natural resources we are enjoying today.
Name: Tupou Dakui
Position: Climate Change Project Assistant
Tupou Dakui hails from Rakiraki, Ra. She joined MES as a volunteer for 3 months [August- October] and has done her attachment for 1 month from November to December 2016 before gaining her position as a Climate change Assistant Officer. Graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Science in 2016 from the University of the South Pacific & also worked as a volunteer for the Wildlife Conservation Society
MES Fiji Attaché: Emoni Nagauna Age: 24
Village: Votua, Nadroga
Achievement: Third year Bachelor Degree Student studying Sociology and Social Work at the University of the South Pacific.
• To experience and learn more about Wildlife and community sustainability.
• Experiencing Community baseline, and socio-economic surveys.
• Working with the community (grassroots level).
• To know about native terrestrial animals and marine organisms.
Experience: Placements- Volunteer aligns with Social work core units at the University of the South pacific.
• Fiji Correction Service- rehabilitation unit (Korovou)
• Housing Assistance Relief Trust Head Quarters- Welfare officer.
• Community Profiling- Wailoku Community.
MES Fiji Volunteer – Leba Digitaki – University Student.
Age – 21
Village – Taira, Vanuavatu, Lau.
- Qualified PADI Open Water Diver
- Qualified First Aider
- Scuba Diving
Current Institution – University of the South Pacific – Bachelor in Marine Science.
Future Achievements – I hope to obtain a degree in Marine Science and a dive Master’s license with PADI divers. This will enable me to try and maintain a sustainable marine environment by carrying out field work with organizations such as Mamanuca Environment Society. Being a volunteer with MES will allow me to see for my self, first hand, real threats that are affecting our sea, and some of the ways that are being used to try and educate the people of the Mamanuca Islands in how to look after their God-given resources.
This opportunity is a stepping stone for students like me who are looking to pursue a carreer which involves Marine and the Environment.
Village – Buretu, Nakelo, Tailevu
- Primary school from Namaka Public School
- High school from Suva Grammar School
At present – Completing my third year at University of the South Pacific with the program studying Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science (Biology Emphasis).
Interests – Fieldwork research and making final reports, awareness community programs, research on various programs, socializing with new people, participate on various task and activities given on work field.
Experience – Currently volunteering for Mamanuca Environmental Society (MES).
Future Achievements – I hope to graduate with my program of Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science (Biology Emphasis) and share my work experience and knowledge with future stakeholders to undertake environmental issues that are a major concern both local and global as well. Furthermore, to achieve the highest quality education on my career level and encounter environmental emphasis.
Age – 23
Village – Rukua,Beqa
Achievement Diploma in Environmental Science. Bachelor in Applied Science Environment.
Interest – Doing field research and report, creating awareness on community and school students,socializing with people and doing various task on the field.
Experience – Volunteered for Wildlife Conservation Society on Socio-economic Survey Volunteered for Seaweb on Data entry on their campaign “4Fiji campaign”. Currently volunteering for Mamanuca Environment Society
Volunteer – Merewairita Likumasidreu
Age – 24
Village – Momi, Raviravi, Nadroga
Qualification – BA in Geography & Land Use Planning
Interest – Creating awareness to the community and the young generation on the preservation and conservation of environment and its natural resources.
Volunteer – Kolinio Mataiyaga Vulaono
Age – 24
Village – Nukunuku, Lakeba, Lau
Achievements – Diploma in Environmental Science (Graduating December 2014)
Current Institution – Fiji National University pursuing Bachelor in Environmental Management (3RD Year Student)
Interests – Participating in fieldwork research and making of final report, community awareness programme, socialising with people of various background and taking part in project related activities.
Experience – currently volunteering for Mamanuca Environment Society (MES).
Future Achievement – Hoping to attain a Bachelor in Environmental Management this year. My interest lies in the protection and conserving of Fiji’s natural resources, that is marine and terrestrial ecosystem. Knowledge gain from school together with the volunteering experience will aid me in combating and raising issue that is related to the environment as far as sustainable development is concern. Being a volunteer at MES is a way of giving back to the community and also it serves as a platform in raising awareness on combating environmental issues such as climate change, protection of endemic and endangered species, and protection of the biodiversity.
Volunteer – Ashley Anne McGuigan
Interests – My objective is to simultaneously preserve the biodiversity and cultural heritage of the South Pacific while further developing my skill in ecology, sustainability and video production. I fully believe in the Mamanuca Environment Society’s goal of environmental stewardship through integrated management and education so that the Mamanucas may sustainably provide adequate resources for both the tourist and local communities. My ultimate goal is to promote sustainability, inspire youth environmental involvement and preserve traditional ecological knowledge in Fiji.
Education – North Carolina State University 2014 Bachelor of Science in Biology – Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Concentration. University of the South Pacific Year long Study abroad program, 2012 – Marine and Terrestrial Ecosystem Concentration
Volunteer – Kristin McCutcheon
Interest – To use my excitement and passion for wildlife to educate and inspire others to conserve our world.
Education – Columbia College Chicago 2004 Bachelor of Arts – Major in Digital Media Technology. Graduated with honors
Volunteer – Taina Tanoa
Village: Narewa, Nadi.
- Primary school from Namaka Public School
- High school from Sangam Sadhu Kuppuswamy Memorial College
At present – First year Bachelor of Science student at the University of Fiji
Interests – awareness community programs, research on various programs, socializing with new people, participate on various task and activities given on work field.
Experience – Currently volunteering for Mamanuca Environmental Society (MES).
Name: Asenaca Nakarawa
Village: Naqara, Ono, Kadavu
- Qualified first aider
- Degree in Marine Science (Graduated on March 27th, 2015 from the University of the South Pacific)
Projects involved in:
- Turtle project
- Volunteer at WWF
- Volunteer and attachment at Mamanuca Environment Society (MES)
I hope to achieve and obtain an Open PADI Water Dive qualification, so that it will enable me to carry out field work that will help maintain sustainability in the marine environment. I also aspire to further my studies and learn more about the marine environment, so that I will better understand on how we can manage and use our marine resources more sustainably. Mamanuca Environment Society is the best place to learn and also do hands on field work concerning both the marine and land resources. It is an organization that deals with creating awareness to the Mamanuca island communities, resorts and schools. While volunteering with the Mamanuca Environment Society, I have learned and attained a lot of skills including carrying out awareness, research and field work concerning the marine and land resources.
Name: Merewalesi Bogi Rokosawa
Village: Nadoria, Dreketi, Rewa
Interest: – Travelling
- Conducting school environmental classes
- Field research
- Current Institution: University of the South Pacific, Laucala (Bachelor of Arts In Environmental Management)
- Experience: Currently volunteering for Mamanuca Environment Society (MES)
- Future Experience: I hope to graduate with a Degree in Environmental Management in the year 2017. With this degree I could assist an organization like MES in ways to create awareness to the public, local communities and schools on ways to protect our terrestrial and marine environment from climate issues like global warming. As a current volunteer for MES I have gained a lot of information and first hand experience from village and hotel staff awareness programme, turtle surveys, reef/beach cleanup and working with kids during their environment classes in various primary schools and kids club in the Mamanuca Islands.
Name: Jessie Matai
Village: Namalata, Kubulau, Bua
Achievement: – Higher Education Diploma in Environmental Science
- Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science
Interests: Doing field work and report writing on Environmental issues and how to combat such issues especially locally. Conducting and promoting awareness programs to schools and communities on the need to protect our natural resources. Travelling, socializing and meeting new people and also learning other language and culture.
Experience: – Volunteer Coordinator for the 4FJ Movement initiative for Seaweb Asia Pacific from April 2014 – September 2015.
- Was a volunteer from 5th October – 5th September and I’m currently an attaché at Mamanuca Environment Society.
Name: Ulamila Navuni
Bula Vinaka! My name is Ulamila Navuni, hail from Qoma Village of Tailevu Province. My interest includes socializing, swimming, free diving, field activities and research; and of course hiking. I am currently a 3rdyear student at the University of the South Pacific, pursuing BSC in Biology and Chemistry. With an aim to mitigate effects on climate changes, I stand as an environment steward to act and advocate the importance of conserving my island home Fiji, to improve the current status of both marine and terrestrial environment from various ecological footprints. These included engaging in public awareness; and grass-root level field work research to find out which concepts and techniques used to alert and aid in sustaining the environment and its resources of my local communities; hence supports a sustainable living and a promising sustainable environment for our future generation.
Name: Marama Bulamaibau
I have been volunteering for the organization since December 2017 with the main to gain experience and expand my research skills. My passion for nature came after visiting the Jasper National Park in British Colombia in 2012, I realized the importance of conserving the environment. Coming from a small island nation that is vulnerable to climate change and anthropogenic activities, I as an individual would like to make an impact on raising awareness and promoting sustainability on our beloved nation. Sustainable and resilient environment would allow future generations to experience the wonders of nature as I have.
Name: Taina Tanoa
Taina hails from Narewa Village, Nadi. She joined Mes as a volunteer for 3 months and is currently working as an intern from August to October, 2018. Graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Environment Science in 2018 from the University Of Fiji and loves to engage in various types of field work to gain knowledge and experience . She is currently involved in community, resort and school activities, which promotes sustainable development, combating climate change, preserving life on land and below water.
Name: Luisa Tete
Luisa Tete hails from Verata Wailevu, Tailevu. She joined MES as a volunteer for 3 months (May-July) and is currently working as an intern from (August-October) 2018. Graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Environment Science in 2016 from the Fiji National University and also worked as a volunteer for World Wild Fun (WWF). Having a passion for the environment and conducting awareness in trying to relay the message across to the communities, schools and the resorts in trying to protect and sustain our natural resources today, For our future generations. Vinaka.