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Part II


Replanting mangrove tree saplings and creating
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 communities worldwide.

 

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

 
   



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