Ex­perts Here To Help Save Our Iguana

Del­e­gates ar­rived in the cun­try on Sun­day, have been vis­it­ing project Iguana sites in the Ma­manu­cas

Fiji Sun - - Nation - FILIPE NAIGULEVU Feed­back: filipe.naigulevu@fi­jisun.com.fj

Lead­ing iguana ex­perts from around the world are here in Fiji this week to cre­ate a re­cov­ery plan. A plan to end the ex­tinc­tion for some of the world’s rarest lizards.

The con­fer­ence of the In­ter­na­tional Union for Con­ser­va­tion of Na­ture Species Sur­vival Com­mis­sion (IUCN SSC) Iguana Spe­cial­ist Group at Malolo Lailai in the Ma­manu­cas. The Del­e­gates ar­rived in the coun­try on Sun­day and have been vis­it­ing project Iguana sites in the Ma­manu­cas at Liku­liku Lagoon Re­sort and were on Monuriki Is­land yes­ter­day. The con­fer­ence of­fi­cially starts to­day and ends this Fri­day. It will al­low the group to con­trib­ute sig­nif­i­cantly to timely con­ser­va­tion ef­forts for iguana species found in the Pa­cific re­gion and de­vel­op­ing con­ser­va­tion ini­tia­tives for igua­nas elsewhere in the world. The group will also re­view con­ser­va­tion ac­tions to date for the critically en­dan­gered igua­nas na­tive to the Malolo and Monuriki is­lands in the Ma­manuca Group.

Par­tic­i­pants of the meet­ing in­clude ex­perts from con­ser­va­tion or­gan­i­sa­tions such as San Diego Zoo Global who have been work­ing on head start­ing and cap­tive breed­ing ini­tia­tives for sev­eral Fi­jian iguana species, sup­port­ing as­sur­ance colonies of Fiji Crested Igua­nas and work­ing with lo­cal re­sorts to es­tab­lish sanc­tu­ar­ies.

Their on­go­ing ini­tia­tives in­clude the preser­va­tion of the igua­nas and the trop­i­cal dry for­est veg­e­ta­tion on Liku­liku Lagoon Re­sort and Malolo Is­land Re­sort leases in part­ner­ship with Ahura Re­sorts, US Ge­o­log­i­cal Sur­vey, Taronga Zoo, and the Ma­manuca En­vi­ron­ment So­ci­ety. The IUCN Species Sur­vival Com­mis­sion (SSC) is a sci­ence-based net­work of more than 10,000 vol­un­teer ex­perts from al­most ev­ery coun­try of the world, all work­ing to­gether to­wards achiev­ing the vi­sion of, “A just world that val­ues and con­serves na­ture through pos­i­tive ac­tion to re­duce the loss of di­ver­sity of life on earth”. Edited by Paula Tu­vuki

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