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Site Visit prompts the need to address soil sedimentation in Vava’u

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13th July 2018 A site visit to the villages of Tefisi and Longomapu in Vava’u was carried out this morning led by the Minister for MEIDECC Hon Poasi Tei and the Minister for Health Hon Dr. Saia Piukala. The ministers were accompanied by the CEOs for MEIDECC Mr. Paula Ma’u and Public Enterprises Mr. Sione ‘Akau’ola and the staff of the Ministry of MEIDECC.

The visit aimed to observe the effect of the soil sedimentation on the coastal marine environment in Tefisi and Longomapu first hand and to be able to draw possible solutions from the experience.

Chief Environmentalist from the Department of Environment Ms. Mafile’o Masi said that the community of Tefisi and Longomapu were concerned about the possible adverse effect of soil being eroded into their coastal environment affecting marine lives in the areas.

“In Tefisi and Longomapu, the surface soil is washed away from land development sites, farmland and the settlement areas in every significant rainfall.”

“The fine soil particles flow into the coastal marine environment unchecked, causing otherwise clear marine environment to become turbid. The outflow of soil not only destroys the ecosystems of the coastal environment, impacting the local fishery.”

She stated that the people of Tefisi and Longomapu have been relying on the fisheries for their daily subsistence and income for a decade.

The Ministry of MEIDECC will develop a project proposal base on available information and submit to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) or Global Environment Facility (GEF) for funding and technical assistance to address the urgency of the problem.


Issued by the Ministry of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Environment, Climate Change and Communications


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