UK TO SUPPORT PRESERVATION OF FIJI SAND DUNES

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SUVA. Fiji (Fiji Times, Feb. 21) – The British High Commission in Fiji has declared its support for the preservation of the Sigatoka sand dunes, the South Pacifics only sand dunes.

High Commissioner Roger Sykes said it was not only important to protect the environment, but to educate children about the importance of their environment and actively involve them in the process.

It is not only their heritage, but also their future, said Mr Sykes.

The National Trust of Fiji's educational project, designed to help the conservation of the Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park, will receive British funding that will support three aspects of the project.

The first phase is to start the sapling forest nursery.

A mock archeological dig is the second stage. This will provide an opportunity for people to experience working in a realistic dig and discovering shards of pottery and old relics of Pacific history.

The third phase involves developing educational materials for use in schools.

The material would raise awareness of the importance of the environment.

National Trust Chairman Radike Qereqeretabua said it was an exciting new partnership for the trust.

"This will allow us to develop the Park into a creative and active centre of learning, said Mr Qereqeretabua.

Sigatoka Sand Dunes are the only sand dunes in the South Pacific. It is situated west of Sigatoka Town and was declared as Fijis first National Park in 1989.

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