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MES starts formulating Natural Resource Management Plan for Malolo communities

Posted by on Apr 18, 2017 in Community, Conservation | 0 comments

The adverse impacts of climate change and climate variability requires the development of adaptation and mitigation strategies which will build resilience across the Mamanuca communities. The Mamanuca Environment Society (MES) is working on Climate Change Project to revitalize local communities’ engagement into conserving the beautiful Mamanuca Group of Islands from Ridge to Reef Areas. As part of the Climate Change US Embassy funded project, one of the main outcomes of the project was to build up capacity for communities and formulate action...

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Malolo communities establish Yaubula Management Support team

Posted by on Apr 18, 2017 in Community, Conservation | 0 comments

Malolo communities establish Yaubula Management Support team

The Yaubula Management Support Team [YMST] is a community-based organization chosen from within the village community with respective stakeholders to help manage, protect and ensure a sustainable development of the I Taukei resources. Relaying plans from the Natural Resources Management Plan [NRM] being discussed with the communities, the team will review these plans and develop traditional knowledge and skills to monitor and gauge effective management actions. MES visited the village of Solevu on the 21st of March which turned out to be a...

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Wakatu – Land Use Management training opportunity

Posted by on Apr 18, 2017 in Sustainability | 0 comments

Wakatu – Land Use Management training opportunity

The Wakatu Fiji Communications Workshop was held at the Forestry Training Centre in Colo-i-Suva from the 28th – 29th of March. The workshop was an organized event spreading the message of the ‘Wakatu campaign’ under the umbrella of cChange, formally known as Seaweb. ‘Wakatu’ in i-Taukei language means taproot; the main root of a tree. Without a strongly established root system, a tree will wither and die. With this in mind, the Wakatu Fiji Campaign organizers say the message behind this term relates to the culture of Fiji and how strongly...

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Resort staff engaged in climate change awareness

Posted by on Apr 18, 2017 in Climate Change, Eco Tourism | 0 comments

With a need to raise awareness on climate change from all angles of the Mamanuca Group, MES has successfully targeted nine resorts staffs from the total of eleven member resorts namely 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. The awareness is a significant component of the project that aims to establish an educational platform for resort staffs to learn more about Climate Change, its causes,...

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Monuriki Islands received its lasts native population of Iguanas

Posted by on Apr 18, 2017 in Iguana Conservation | 0 comments

Fiji is home to several endemic species of Iguanas found nowhere else on earth.  On the 24th of February, forty eight Fiji Crested Iguanas that were bred in captivity were released into the wild on Monuriki Island. This marked one of the first successful programs around the Pacific where animals bred in captivity were reintroduced to wild life. The project which lasted seven years of collaborative partnership with the National Trust of Fiji and mataqali Vunaivi of Yanuya Village who are owners of Monuriki Island came to final stage with...

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Singapore Media Group hosted on Qalito Island

Posted by on Apr 18, 2017 in Media, Site Inspections, Sponsors and Partners | 0 comments

Mamanuca Environment Society with Castaway Island Resort, a founding member of the society, had the privilege of showcasing the conservation initiative they have been engaged in at Qalito Island. Visited by the Singapore Media Group who was keen to learn more on the marine conservation work, the group attended a guided snorkeling tour to the coral nursery. Acropora corals which are a high tolerant coral species to high water temperature are mainly used during the monthly environment programs. The coral nursery is located at the reef drop...

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Sea turtle nesting at South Sea Island

Posted by on Apr 18, 2017 in Turtle Conservation | 0 comments

Sea turtle nesting at South Sea Island

It was late Wednesday night, 14th of December 2016; a female Green Sea Turtle Species tirelessly crawled up the beach at South Sea Island to lay approximately 150 eggs. The sighting was reported by one of the island staff. According to Sunia Nakanokia, the turtle nested right next to the staff quarters building and 5.3meters away from the high tide mark. South Sea Island is famously known as a hotspot for day trippers which are serviced by South Sea Cruise. Given the fact that South Sea Island is always a buzz with water sports activities,...

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New practical learning program for Island students

Posted by on Apr 18, 2017 in Education, schools | 0 comments

New practical learning program for Island students

Since the inception of the Mamanuca Environment school program, teaching natural science and island conservation in classrooms is a positive way to impart knowledge more effectively to the island children in the region. Assessing how best to teach island children is unique and quite challenging. Studying nature and conservation is no longer restricted to a classroom setting for the participating schools.  Interacting with children studying marine life on the beach, talking about the importance of forestry  and walking...

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Resort aims to plant 200 corals every month

Posted by on Apr 18, 2017 in Conservation | 0 comments

Resort aims to plant 200 corals every month

Mana Island Resort and Spa is literally nursing the house reef back to health in an attempt to restore this vital marine habitat. Coral restoration project is an on going activity for the resort. This year, the resort aims to plant 50 coral per week making up to 2400 corals by March 2018. In a recent environment day at the resorts were attended by Mana Environment team, staff and representatives from the Ministry of Local Government, MES acknowledge the support towards the environment conservation. A briefing by MES Awareness officer, Jessie...

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Mamanuca Schools join in the celebration of International Environment Day

Posted by on Apr 18, 2017 in Community, Conservation, Education | 0 comments

Mamanuca Schools join in the celebration of International Environment Day

The three participating island schools marked International Day of Forests, World Water Day and World Meteorological Day. The events were celebrated at Malolo District School, Namamanuca Primary School and Mana SDA School respectively. World Water Day is celebrated internationally every 22nd March. It is a day to focus on the importance of Water in our communities. The theme for 2017 World Water Day was “Wastewater”. Water is at the core of sustainable development. Water resources, and the range of services they provide, underpin poverty...

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