Caption: Ministry of Fisheries and Forests Permanent Secretary Inoke Wainiqolo at the opening of their training in Nabukadogo Macuata.Photo:SUPPLIED
The Ministry of Fisheries and Forests is pleased with the participation of resource owners at a training and awareness workshop held in the Northern Division.
With its commencement today, the training is aimed at gathering resource owners in the North and looks at how development can be carried out using a sustainable approach. The Ministry’s permanent secretary Inoke Wainiqolo highlighted that this is one of government’s plans to create a knowledge-based society and create awareness for the people in regards to the resources around them.
“The two days trainings are conducted for resource owners to realise that the forests and the traditional fishing grounds are to be used wisely, preserved and also show them other mean of generating income such as the means of seaweed farming”, Mr Wainiqolo said at the training which took place at Nabukadogo in Macuata.
He added the most important lesson for the people were to understand the ‘Ridge to Reef’ concept, where the people are being reminded on activities carried out in the highlands that can affect what goes on into the sea.
Mr Wainiqolo thanked the three villages in Macuata for their participation in the training adding that the large turnout reflected the desire by resource owners to protect fisheries and forests resources.
“I am amazed with the turn out; this was a request from the people for more training and information about our ministry and the projects during our last visit and I can see this will benefit them.”
Participants will be issued certificates upon the completion of the 2-day training.
The next training is expected to take place in the Cakaudrove province later next month.