Works carried out now to mitigate against climate change may not seem much but will be realised by future generations.
This was highlighted by the Assistant Minister for Youth and Sports Hon. Alipate Nagata while launching the Korotogo Youth Coast Care Club this morning.
Hon. Nagata said that hard work will require patience and the activities being carried out at Korotogo to combat climate change will bear fruit for the upcoming generation.
“The works of the Korotogo youths today will be realised in the future. Hard work will also require patience and only then can we realise a better future for our people,” he said “Our young people offer invaluable energy and new ideas to the national stage, and it is the Ministry’s responsibility to harness that potential and transform it into real outcomes for Fiji’s development.”
“In undertaking this project, the Ministry is also empowering our youths in the selected communities to be agents of change and these coast care clubs will be instrumental in combating rising sea levels and its impact on our shores,” Hon Nagata added.
The ministry plans to establish five youth coast care clubs in the Western Division with two already established so far with the focus of engaging youth to rehabilitate and restore their coastal zone to its natural functions and beauty. Projects under YCC’s aims to help build the resilience to coastal communities on the impact of climate-induced coastal erosion, storm surge, and coastal flooding which is a common occurrence in Korotogo.
“We are fortunate however that the Ministry is in a partnership with OISCA Fiji and this has seen the mangrove replanting project initiated a few years back and we have witnessed the impact of this along your coastline,” Hon Nagata told villagers.
Hon. Nagata further urged Korotogo villagers and students from the Nasau Youth Training Centre and Saint Joan of Arc Primary School to be responsible for their environment and support the efforts to alleviate effects of climate change.
The launching this morning also saw the planting of 200 mangrove plants as part of Korotogo and the Ministry’s contribution to the Fijian Government’s 4 million tree initiative.