Nurs­ery on Tave­uni Re­stores Ecosys­tem

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The open­ing of Mua Na­tive Tree Nurs­ery on Tave­uni Is­land will help to re­store the ecosys­tem by re­stock­ing na­tive trees in Vuna.

The nurs­ery was of­fi­cially opened and handed over to the Min­istry of

Forestry.

This is part of con­tin­ued ef­forts in the re­for­esta­tion pro­gramme ini­ti­ated by the Sec­re­tariat of the Pa­cific Re­gional En­vi­ron­ment Pro­gramme (SPREP) Pa­cific Ecosys­tem-based Adap­ta­tion to Cli­mate Change (PEBACC).

The nurs­ery, which was set up in 2018 to sup­ply seedlings to the

Tave­uni Re­for­esta­tion and Agro­forestry Pro­gramme is sup­ported by three min­istries - Forestry, Agri­cul­ture and iTaukei Af­fairs).

Min­istry of Forestry direc­tor north, Moape Lotawa said: “Na­tive trees are part of our cul­ture, our iden­tity and her­itage.

“Through logging and other less sus­tain­able means, our na­tive tree stocks have be­come low and scarce to the point that it becomes dif­fi­cult to show the younger gen­er­a­tion the value of these trees when they don’t grow as abun­dantly as they once did,” Mr Lotawa said.

He said this nurs­ery would help to re­store the bal­ance by re­stock­ing na­tive trees into iden­ti­fied de­for­ested ar­eas in Vuna, Tave­uni.

Na­tive trees adapt well to the lo­cal Fi­jian cli­mate so trees like vesi (san­dal­wood) and bau­vudi will once again stand tall in our forests. He added that Tave­uni, as the Gar­den is­land of Fiji, it was only fit­ting that they as­sist re­stock na­ture’s gar­den.

Photo: Min­istry of Forestry

Min­istry of Forestry, Agri­cul­ture of­fi­cials and guests dur­ing the hand­ing over of the Mua Na­tive Tree Nurs­ery on Tave­uni Is­land.

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