Nursery gets thumbs up from partners

Paula Likiliki of the Food Agriculture Organisation/ILAM R2R Project (blue shirt) with staff of the project and the Department of Environment in front of the nursery in Popua on November 20. Photo: Enviro News

Nuku’alofa – November 23, 2020: 5.10pm (Enviro News): The new nursery at the Popua mangroves site has received the thumbs up from both the ILAM R2R project and the Department of Environment leadership.

Paula Likiliki of the ILAM R2R project and Director of Environment Atelaite Lupe Matoto visited the site last Friday (November 20).

And both were impressed with the work done by the Terrestrial Team of the Environment Department.

“This is great work and a good site,” Mr Likiliki told Enviro News at the site.

“And the nursery looks really good the way it has been built,” he added.

The ILAM Project funded the nursery.

Environment provided the teachnical support and manpower.

Director of Environment Atelaite Lupe Matoto (4th from left) with management and staff of the Department in front of the nursery.

Mrs Matoto visited the nursery with senior management and staff of the department.

“We are happy with what we see and this can be expanded,” she said.

The nursery will house mangrove seedlings that can then be used to be replanted in areas around Tongatapu.

Terrestrial Team leader Hoifua Aholahi updated the visiting team on the work done and what they hope to achieve.

The Director of Environment Atelaite Lupe Matoto (2nd from left) with Chief Environmentalist Mafileo Masi (left) and Islands and Ecosystems Division head Ta’hirih Fifita Hokafonu (right) planting new mangrove seedlings at the nursery on Friday, November 20. Photo: Enviro News

“This site is better than all the sites we have worked in before and we hope that we can improve as we go along,” he said.

New mangrove seedlings were placed in pot plant bags for nurturing inside the nursery.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

%d bloggers like this: