The dry forest is Fiji’s most endangered habitat with only 2% remaining in Fiji with just a few pockets remaining in the
Mamanuca Group.

The dry forest provides many environmental benefits including a significant role in the hydrologic cycle, soil conservation, prevention of climate change and preservation of biodiversity.

Parts of the islands in the Mamanuca Group today is evidence of environmental crisis on account of massive deforestation.

On the 10th of January, the youths and children of Yaro in conjunction with Mamanuca Environment Society staff worked tirelessly together on the effort of reforestation for the native terrestrial tree in the village. For years the remorseless destruction of forests has been on-going, and the community has not been able to comprehend the ramifications until recently.

The US Embassy Project was initiated by Mamanuca Environment Society Project Officer Lusiana Dalituicama in the hope of promoting awareness of the need to protect the marine and terrestrial resources in the Mamanuca Region and to assist in the environmentally sustainable development of these resources for the benefit of present and future generations.

A total of 31 plants was transferred from Likuliku, and 21 fruiting trees were brought in from the mainland. The plants included Tavola, Buevu, Vesiwai, Nawanawa and common fruiting trees such as guava, soursop and moli.

With the support and helping hand of young, energetic youths, children and staff, 11 buevu plants were planted along the beach. The remaining 24 plants were planted outside and inside the kindergarten school compound. The Yaro youths have been reminded to have the plants along the shore watered at least twice a week while the plants in the school compound are to be watered by the kindergarten students of Navatalesau.

The youths and children’s involvement in the project is an influential and crucial role that shows their dedication in advocating the importance of sustainability for a better future.