Vatutavui Mangrove Reforestation Project
Vatutavui Mangrove Reforestation Project
The mangrove areas of Vatutavui village and across the district of Tavua have greatly been impoverished. This impoverishment is by way of extraction for firewood sales and use as the preliminary structure for building concrete houses. Excessive deforesting of mangroves has caused a myriad of problems which are both ecological and environmental. In Vatutavui and the neighboring coastal villages the ‘sore thumb’ of the problems is ecological and that is loss of livelihood in dietary intake. Livelihood referred covers for both subsistence and semi-commercial (roadside vendors) needs. Villagers of the tikina Tavua have over the years been reliant on fin-fishes and invertebrates gleaned from these mangrove areas. Anecdotal stories from the village elders describe how the now barren area of swamp that used to be mangrove forest has adversely affected the nursery areas of number of reef fishes such as the snappers and the parrot-fishes. Crab fisheries have also diminished substantially. Waters around the areas adjacent to the once mangrove forest are always murky from sedimentation of slowly eroding coastline. This has also contributed to the diminishing fishery.
The project intends to reforest a bare patch of swamp land that used to be a mangrove forest with mangrove seedlings. It is planned to have the community members involved. Community involvement is in three levels. The first level of involvement is through a workshop on mangrove and mangrove reforestation. This will enlighten their understanding to the high ecological value of their mangrove forest. Empowering community members with such knowledge will induce restraint against the allure of easy money to extract mangrove plants for firewood or building material but instead have their focus on sustainability and its long term use. Level two of involvement is in the community’s participation regarding the actual planting of the seedlings planned to be done at the last day of the workshop. This aims to ensure ownership by the community on the project. In terms of cultural values, one that will definitely be revived and strengthened is working together. The final level is the establishment of a year of commitment to the monitoring of the growth of the mangrove into strong independent plants. At the end of the duration of this project, the accomplishment will motivate the community into other conservation oriented projects.
 
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Project Snapshot

Grantee:
Tavua Qoliqoli Investment Committee
Country:
Fiji
Area Of Work:
Community Based Adaptation
Biodiversity
Grant Amount:
US$ 12,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 500.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 4,392.90
Project Number:
FJI/SGP/OP4/CORE/10/04
Status:
Satisfactorily Completed
Indicators
Biophysical
Hectares of globally significant biodiversity area protected or sustainably managed by project 30
Biophysical
VRA1: Vulnerability to present climate change hazards 10
Biophysical
VRA3: Vulnerability to future, anticipated climate hazards 10
Biophysical
VRA6: Sustainability of project intervention 10
Empowerment
Number of CBOs / NGOs participated / involved in SGP project 10
Empowerment
Number of indigenous people participated/involved in SGP project 100
Livehood
Number of households who have benefited* from SGP project 50
Livehood
Number of individuals (gender diaggregated) who have benefited* from SGP project 50

Partnership

FLMMA & Institue of Applied Sciences, USP Fiji

Grantee Contact

Mr System Administrator
 

Address

Tavua Qoliqoli Invetsment Committee
Tavua , Village , Tavua , N/A

SGP Country office contact

Ms. Akisi Bolabola
Email:
Ms. Losana Mualaulau
Phone:
(679) 331 0541
Fax:
(679) 331 0540
Email:

Address

C/O UNDP Pacific Office, Private Mail Bag
Suva