Fiji Scouts partner with women’s NGO in planting mangroves
Mangroves are the first line of defense for coastal communities as they stabilize shorelines by slowing erosion and provide natural barriers against increased storm surge, flooding, high winds, waves and tsunamis.
Having known this, Lautoka Scouts from Fiji Scouts Association partnered with the dynamic women's NGO Soroptimist International (SI) and the Ministry of Forestry as they worked together in planting mangroves to enhance coastal environment.
A total of 2,300 mangrove seedlings were planted along the Namoli village shoreline on 6 March 2021. SI Lautoka President Zareena Bi said that this initiative was part of their service for the community which will continue throughout the year, and she was happy to see Scouts and Leaders joining them.
"Mangroves have an enormous capacity for sucking up carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases and trapping them in flooded soils for a millennium so this an extremely beneficial exercise.
"Our target is 10,000 mangroves plants for 2021 and we will work with the Ministry of Forest to achieve this. We will also include other stakeholders of the community in our effort for our green coastal venture," Bi added.
Moreover, Lautoka Scouters Council Assistant District Commissioner Hirdesh Kumar thanked
the group for the invitation, and shared that in Scouting they have Green Scouts where they usually do work for the environment.
Mr Kumar shared that Scouts are usually involved in tree planting during National Peace Day and Arbor Day but they always look forward to partnering with other NGOs and together make a difference.
-- with reports from Fiji Scouts Association