On behalf of the local villagers of Nakorotubu District, Ra Province, I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to GlobalGiving Donors for your generous support into our project.
In the middle of corona pandemic, Fiji is one of the countries with the lowest cases. However, most of the locals particularly those who rely on tourism are struggling to survive. Due to the almost zero entry of foreign tourist, businesses were temporarily/permanently shut down which resulted to the increased percentage of unemployment. To make ends meet, laid off workers had no choice but to return to their own villages to engage in farming.
Meanwhile, other than problem with corona, the locals are also vulnerable from the damages brought by cyclone. The mangrove propagules in our nursery as well as the mangroves that were already planted were also affected by cyclone Yasa that hit Fiji on December 13. Based on the monitoring that we conducted to assess the impact of cyclone, 60% of the mangroves in our nursery were affected. The locals felt the need to grow new mangrove propagules in our nursery to replace the ones been damaged at our planting site. Few weeks after the cyclone, we worked with the local villagers to collect and plant propagules in pots in our nursery. After several months it will be scheduled to be replanted in our project site.
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