Fiji's Gau islanders aim to protect environment to maintain lifestyle | Pacific Beat

Fiji's Gau islanders aim to protect environment to maintain lifestyle

Fiji's Gau islanders aim to protect environment to maintain lifestyle

Updated 5 October 2012, 17:37 AEST

Villagers on a small island in Fiji and the World Wildlife Fund have identified new key areas on the island that need more protection to ensure the community can survive.

Since 2005 WWF workers have been going to the Gau Island to survey the area with representatives from the eight villages on the island.

Alfred Ralifo is the WWF's South Pacific Policy Officer.

He says marine protected areas for the island community of under 2-thousand people were agreed upon years ago.

But he told Iskhandar Razak that after recent surveys and workshops locals said they want more regions protected to ensure the region is sustainable and can cope with climate change.

Presenter: Iskhandar Razak

Speaker: Alfred Ralifo, the WWF's South Pacific Policy Officer

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