Youths from the Western Division on 22 of August planted more than 300 mangroves in Lautoka in the fight against soil erosion and climate change as a result of rising sea levels.

Divisional Youth officer western Mr Valami Nima said the planting of mangroves is part of their youth community programme during the second term school holidays.

Mr Nima said youth in the division were planning to plant more mangroves along shores of the Western Division.

This is our contribution as part of the National Youth day celebrations here in the Western Division,” Mr Nima said.

Today we planted along the Namoli village foreshore and tomorrow we will plant vegetables for the old people’s home at Natabua,” he added.

A sports day has also been organized by the Ministry of Youth and Sports on Friday before an awards ceremony in the evening in recognition of the contribution of young people that have made a difference to their communities.

Minister for Youth and Sports, Mr Viliame Naupoto would be opening the sports day and would also be presenting awards at the ceremony evening.

The attendance of the Minister is to encourage youths to continue the good work in building a better Fiji for all,” Mr Nima added.