17 May 2013

Business group in Fiji keen to rehabilitate land disturbed by prospecting

11:10 am on 17 May 2013

The Namosi Joint Venture in Fiji, which hopes to mine copper and gold in Namosi and Naitasiri, says it is determined to rehabilitate land area disturbed as a result of the company's prospecting.

The Namosi Joint venture is a partnership between the Australian mining company Newcrest and Japanese interests.

FBC News reports that as part of their rehabilitation programme, a nursery was opened at Nasevou village in Waidina this week.

The nursery is to provide an alternative livelihood for the villagers, so they can provide plants to the joint venture and also generate income as they sell the plants to other people.

While local villagers from Delailasakau and Nasevou are welcoming the programme, they have voiced ongoing concerns the effect from mining on their environment.

Meanwhile, the Environmental Impact Assessment of the venture has been currently put on hold due to what Fiji Village reports is environmental damage.