In Fiji, we have a deeply-rooted connection to land and water as an extension of our identity. The concept of vanua implies stewardship over land to protect it for the next generation of guardians.
As urban development intensifies we have become increasingly disconnected from our vanua. This has resulted in thousands of school age and young adults in Fiji having experienced little beyond urban centres.
As the Duavata Sustainable Collective, we know that having a connection to nature and the outdoors early in children’s lives makes them think more deeply about their role in helping to protect their environment and ultimately our shared planet.
In partnership with NatureFiji-MareqetiViti, we have developed a series of nature-based educational experiences to reconnect young Fijians with their natural and cultural heritage and nurture the conservation leaders of tomorrow.
This year 2021, thanks to the support of the German Embassy in Wellington, we invite 75 young Fijians between the age of 16-25 from the Pacific Harbour – Suva – Nausori corridor to join the programme and access some of the six following experiences:
- Learning to sail a traditional Camakau and coral reef conservation at Leleuvia– Learning about Fiji’s wetlands by rafting the upper Navua with Rivers Fiji
- Learning about biodiversity hotspots conservation hiking with Talanoa Treks
- Learning about traditional thatching ans sago palm conservation with Namosi Eco Retreat
- Learning about mangrove ecosystem services with Uprising Beach Resort
- Learning to use art as an alternative way to communicate conservation messages
Apply online following the link below.
Alternatively you can download the paper form below or pick it up at Talanoa Treks office (28 Disraeli Rd) or Tree House Boutique (FNPF Building, Downtown Bd).
All paper forms to be dropped-off duly filled in at Talanoa Treks or Tree House Boutique.
Application closes on the 9th of April.
For more information contact project admin at [email protected]