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Entries for July 2017

Land owning unit secures lease agreement for the protection of its forest

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Land owning unit secures lease agreement for the protection of its forest
(July 09, 2017) All the hard work and determination of mataqali Nadicake, landowning unit within the village of Kilaka in Kubulau District, Bua Province, paid off after the iTaukei Land Trust Board signed a lease agreement with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) for 99 years to safeguard and ensure the long-term protection of Kilaka forest. This will be the first forest conservation area that will be managed by the community in partnership with WCS, and is a great example of community e...

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Encouraging mud crab fishers in Bua to sell quality crabs

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Encouraging mud crab fishers in Bua to sell quality crabs
(July 09, 2017) For most women mud crab fishers within the districts of Kubulau, Bua, Navakasiga and Lekutu in Bua Province, mud crab collection is part of their everyday lives and a great source of food and livelihoods. Despite the growing demand for mud crabs in the local market, mud crab fishers in these communities need to sell the right size and high-quality mud crabs in order earn a reasonable income. A value chain analysis of the mud crab fishery by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) found that thou...

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Villagers take action to sustainably harvest sea cucumbers to meet their livelihoods

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Villagers take action to sustainably harvest sea cucumbers to meet their livelihoods
(July 06, 2017) For most islands and coastal villages in Fiji, sea cucumbers or sasalu is considered a treasured resource that many have relied on for income for many years. It is a commodity that has been traded by Fijians since the early 1800s and continues today with many communities still heavily relying on it for their livelihoods. High demand from the Asian market has led to it becoming a multi-million dollar industry globally. As a result, more and more communities have been collecting sea...

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