Replanting mangrove tree saplings
a nursery for the mangrove seeds to mature.
|Mangrove trees are essential
to a healthy marine ecosystem, serving as a buffer zone between
land and sea, stabilizing coastal areas. They absorb toxins from
the environment thus supporting water quality, serve as a sanctuary
or hospital, as we were told, for sick fish and are breeding
grounds forestuarine and marine organisms, including many endangered
species. Mangrove wetlands are one of the most threatened natural
Volunteering time at the Dawasamu
secondary and primary schools.
|Planting Vesi Wood
trees at the local schools. The Vesi wood is an economically
important and culturally significant wood in Fiji. It is a strong
and stable boat building wood, used to build their traditional
sailing vessel, the Drua.
|Our ship nurse, Kanuk,
joined the region's nurse for a day of home visitations. The
regional nurse is the only nurse in a clinic that serves a community
of 2,722 people, a daunting challenge for one strong woman.
|Bilibilis, bamboo raft
river tour down to the sea. We were given a lesson in the indigenous
vegetation and some initial problems of riverbank erosion. We
also learned that the birdlife in many of the islands are endangered.
The Institute of Applied Science would soon be conducting a study
on evasive plant species in the region.
Village Life in Nataleria