28 Oct 2006

Village in Samoa launches conversation project to protect mangroves

10:43 am on 28 October 2006

The women of Vaiusu village in Samoa have launched a conservation project to protect mangroves which have been the source of food and the livelihood of the village for generations.

More than 5000 mangroves are now planted along the coastal area of the village, with a small bridge built around it so people can have easy access to the mangroves.

Ake Stanley, a member of the Vaiusu Women's Committee said they needed to act because their village's biodiversity was slowly fading .

She credits awareness programs by the Environment Ministry as a driving force in convincing the village to act more, especially when Samoa is faced with the effects of global warming.