The district of Nacula, in Yasawa extended its mangrove nursery with the raising of over 180 mangrove seedlings.

This is a contribution to this year’s International Day for the Conservation of Mangrove Ecosystems.

The community of Nacula village mangrove activity was led by the young men of the village.

The villagers who were elated to be part of the mangrove planting exercise came in numbers all for the sake of protecting and trying to prevent their coastlines from eroding rapidly.

Nacula village Headman Kemueli Naibilai says the challenge now is to continue the work of planting more mangroves.

The mangrove raising seedling initiative is also one of the rehabilitation efforts of WWF-Pacific and will be work that they will continues to undertake with communities in the district of Nacula over the next three years,through its ‘Living with Change: Resilient Mangroves, Fisheries and People of Fiji and PNG’project that is funded by the German Government.

Nacula village’s mangrove nursery, which lies on a certain section of the village’s eroding coastline, has now over 1,000 mangrove seedlings.

WWF is part of the Global Mangrove Alliance partnership that was formed at the World Ocean Summit in 2017. The Global Mangrove Alliance is an initiative to increase mangrove habitats by 20 percent by 2030.

According to a wetlands report carried out in 2008, mangroves in the Pacific cover an area of around five hundred and ninety seven thousand hectares.

Fiji has around forty two thousand of mangrove forest. The Global Mangrove Alliance target of twenty percent restoration means Fiji has to plant an additional eight thousand five hundred and twenty of mangroves by 2030.

 

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