CONSERVATION of wetland ecosystems is essential for all our communities and we need to recognise their contribution.

This was stated by the Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development, Waterways and Environment Hon. Mahendra Reddy while officiating at the 2020 wetland day celebration at the Upper Navua Conservation Area, in Serua.

Minister Reddy urged the village communities of Nabukelevu, Wainadro and Waibogi to protect the natural reserve and to work with the non-governmental organisations and Government.

The Upper Navua Conservation Area (UNCA) is source of economic sustenance to the nearby village communities with its wide range of food products, building materials, medicine source and ornamental materials not to mention the river has been used as a means of transportation for so many years.

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