Nauru R2R team learn from Tonga’s experience

NUKU’ALOFA-January 4: 12.06pm (R2R MEDIA): A 15-member Ridge To Reef (R2R) team from Nauru returned home last month with a lot of lessons learned from their one-week study tour of the Tonga R2R project.

Ms Fihaki speaking at a meeting with Tonga Fisheries here in Nuku’alofa. Photo: R2R MEDIA

Team Leader Eliala Fihaki said they had learned alot of lessons that they would take back with them as they work on implementing the R2R project in Nauru.

“We have really learned alot from the one week tour,” she said.

“The opportunity to tour the sites both on Tongatapu and ‘Atata Island gave us first hand information that we can take back with us.

“There is a lot of work being done by the Tonga R2R team and we will definitely use some of those in our work.”

Planting mangroves in Holonga was part of the group’s program during their study tour. Photo: R2R MEDIA

Tonga is the first of 14 Pacific countries to implement the Pacific Ridge To Reef program.

Ms Fihaki said Nauru is scheduled to start implementing the program this year (2017).

The Nauru team visited the mangrove planting sites around the Fanga’uta Lagoon Catchment area, the water testing laboratory in Vaoloaloa and the Special Management Area (fisheries protection area) on ‘Atata Island.

While on their field visit to the mangrove planting site in Holonga the team members also took part in planting mangroves at the site.

The team included officials from the Department of Environment, Fisheries Department and community project officers.

On their way home to Nauru the team also spent a week in Fiji, visiting SMA’s (fisheries protected areas) in identified locations.

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