Fiji: Villages reject mining

BUYPN member Filo Tuivanualevu, right, conducts an interview during the survey in Wainunu

BUYPN member Filo Tuivanualevu, right, conducts an interview during the survey in Wainunu

Survey: Need to protect natural resources

Serafina Silaitoga | Fiji Times, March 28, 2016

VILLAGERS of Wainunu have expressed through a survey the need to protect their natural resources.

The survey, “Wainunu Scoping Report”, conducted by the Bua Urban Young Professionals Network in October last year, indicated that 100 per cent of participants from six villages felt the need to protect their natural resources.

A comment that came out strongly from villagers during the survey was that they had survived for centuries without mining and they did not see a need to begin now.

The survey stated those who wanted to protect the resources gave their reasons as “…for the sake of the future generation”.

“In addition, they shared that villages situated in the highlands were concerned about the impacts on coastal villages because they were all family and would not want to add to existing challenges,” the survey stated.

“They even shared that they had witnessed the impact of bauxite mining in Nawailevu and do not want that to happen in Wainunu.

“In all villages, 50 per cent of respondents showed they had an understanding of the ecosystem value of resources.”

In addition, 95 per cent of those interviewed could not put a monetary value to their natural resources labeling it as too precious to have a dollar value.

The survey was conducted in Cogea, Daria, Nadua, Nakawakawa and Navakasali villages.

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