We were very excited to get our Duavata Conservation Leadership Initiative underway this week.
A little later than planned and on Vanua Levu instead of Viti Levu – but hugely thankful to Lara and Leone at Nukubati Island Resort, Fiji and Richard, Joeli, Sam and Lina KokoMana for enabling Macuata youth to learn more about agro-forestry systems this week.
A big vinaka vakalevu to the German Embassy Wellington for the support.
First installment of the Duavata Conservation Leadership program
This week, KokoMana was very excited to help launch the first installment of the Duavata Conservation Leadership program with a group of young people from Nasea village in Northern Division, one of many communities along the Macuata coast that were severely impacted by Cyclone Yasa – and who have been supported in their recovery effort by Nukubati Island Resort, a fellow member of the Duavata Sustainable Tourism Collective.
These pics show Lara from Nukubati introducing the program (while one of the visitors helps fill in some of their details, as part of our CareFiji Commitment protocols), then the young people tasting agroforestry-grown KokoMana chocolate (central to our message on sustainable agriculture and biodiversity conservation) and Sara and Matthew from Ocean Ventures, introducing the next ‘experience’ which will focus on coral restoration (as part of our ridge-to-reef approach to conservation that we are explaining to our visitors).
The Duavata Conservation Leadership program is made possible by a generous grant from the German Embassy in Wellington, which is supporting post-cyclone recovery and Covid survival in Fiji.
THANK YOU to everyone who helped to make this possible!