Earlier this year we launched the Duavata Conservation Leadership Programme which has provided opportunities for 40 young people from 5 villages and settlements along the northern Macuata coast to join educational, sustainable agro-forestry and marine management experiences and take that learning back to their communities.
They have applied that immediately in reforestation and coastal rehabilitation initiatives.
Even more exciting for all of us was the impact it created among their parents and elders in the community who also wanted to visit KokoMana to learn more too.
A huge vinaka vakalevu to the German Embassy Wellington for the support to nature based solutions and sustainable tourism and to the Nukubati Foundation for providing additional support.
This first cohort provided an opportunity to test the initiative and we are excited about scaling it up, including on Viti Levu when the time is right.