Cchange was honoured to organise the launch of the Lau Seascape Strategy the Great Council of Chiefs Complex in Suva.

The 12-year plan was formally launched by the Secretary General of Pacific Islands Development Forum Secretariat, Solo Mara and Ministry of Fisheries Permanent Secretary Craig Strong.

“I applaud the vision of the traditional chiefs of Lau in embracing a holistic conservation platform to address the growing threats to their resources and effecting its sustainability for generations to come,” said Mara.

Once considered to be one of the world’s last untouched areas in Fiji, the Lau islands are increasingly threatened with the introduction of chemical fertilizers and intensive agricultural practices. Lau fishing grounds are also being targeted by illegal local and foreign fishing vessels and increased unplanned development is reducing the health of its resources.

With support of Conservation International and other key partners, Lau Province developed the Lau Seascape Strategy, which has been endorsed by Lau’s traditional leaders. The plan is already seeding action.

Cicia is the first fully organic island in the Pacific. Eight other islands have banned the use of chemicals. There are now 52 community-based locally managed marine areas.

It was our pleasure to make sure this event was a success.

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