Rotuma ‘Otou Hanua Pumue – my precious land.
Cultural and spiritual values stem from nature and culture. A community hub for heritage conservation fostering an appreciation of community through innovation to cultural stewardship. This little church at Kalvaka village provides the interpretive educational space for the Rotuma Community Heritage Resource Centre, presenting on history about place, people and stories. The Centre is about responsible use and protection of the natural environment through heritage conservation and sustainable practices.
Promote cultural values and ethics that motivates island leadership, take resilience-based action for the protection of Rotuma’s natural heritage traditionally connected to customs, practices and local knowledge.
The seven district chiefs embarked on a leadership knowledge series in 2019 as means to realising a shared mission to protect and conserve heritage. Strengthening our socio-cultural links to natural biodiversity through responsible planning, documentation for management protection and safeguard of people, places and stories.
Emerging challenges tackled with support of volunteers network, involving children in schools, youth champions and members of the Rotuma Women Association. Actions that promote a continuing thread of awareness, research, demonstration and inter-generational capacity building at community level.
Healthier meals for families. Families practicing healthier diet habits, grounded in the knowledge of good traditional & scientific practices of food nutrition, preservation & meal preparation.
This project also aims to enable a space for women clubs to venture into small food enterprises for healthier snacks in island schools, that supports the growing organic foods market in Fiji.
Theme for 2019 Children Eco-Camp was about reaffirming the pride of our children in Rotuma’s natural and cultural heritage. Under the Rotuma Schools Adopt-a-Habitat, each school is designated a habitat close to the school for citizen-science learning and protection from activities detrimental to its health:
As resource managers of the family and community, women are often responsible for enriching children’s cultural identify and shaping their eco-attitudes through intergenerational sharing of knowledge and skills. The loss of traditional craft-making skills impacts the identity of both girls and boys. There is potential opportunity for generating income and improving livelihoods. This program empowers women, teachers and children with skills and knowledge to preserve and strengthen socio-cultural links to natural biodiversity of Rotuma.
LäjeRotuma operates at the national level on the island of Rotuma to coordinate and implement training, research, awareness and demonstration models and support cultural exchange opportunities. Knowledge generated through the activities implemented by us are shared. LäjeRotuma mobilises technical expertise at the national and international levels and provides support for significant marine and biodiversity research including cooperation with USP and scientific institutions to study birds, land snails and insects of Rotuma.
Objectives to be pursued through planning include: