Fiji Sun Online, 13th September 2018

For families in the country mangroves are our lifeline, says Torika Lewaca.

The 59-year-old Tavualevu villager is one of the many women in Tavua who enjoys fishing. They depend on mangroves within their traditional fishing grounds for their livelihoods and protection from the impacts of salt water intrusion.

Ms Lewaca and fellow community members were part of a mangrove planting activity carried out along a section of Tavua Bay that forms the Tavualevu Village ‘coastline boundary.

About 400 mangrove propagules were directly planted within the village’s demarked coastline during last week’s Constitution Day. For Tavualevu Village, being one of the largest villages in Fiji, sustaining the community’s livelihood and food consumption is quite a challenge for families.

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