Programme 1: Rotuma In Transition

A vibrant and resilient Rotuma is our legacy for the future.

We are hopeful that our ability for making informed choices, readies our generation now to move beyond subsistence. LäjeRotuma is committed to guiding our community on this journey towards a sustainable future.

Action 1: STEWARDSHIP - Safeguard natural heritage through stewardship.

  • Community Heritage Resource Centre:

A community hub for heritage conservation that fosters an appreciation of our community through innovation, knowledge building, natural and cultural stewardship. This little church at Kalvaka village provides an educational space for the Centre and the community of Rotuma.

  • Leadership

Promote cultural values and ethics that motivates island leadership and take resilience-based actions for the protection of Rotuma’s heritage, connected to our customs and practices. Strengthening our socio-cultural links to natural biodiversity through responsible planning, documentation for management protection and safeguard of people, places and stories.

ACTION 2: YOUTHS

Emerging challenges tackled through a network of volunteers involving school children, youth champions and members of the Rotuma Women Association by:

  • Nurturing an environment of innovation to create self-sustaining livelihoods.
  • Mentoring youth leadership.
  • Organising clean-ups with sorting to record collected household-solid waste and advocate for waste minimisation practices.
  • Rehabilitation of key biodiverse habitats that are unused and in need of protection.
  • Health monitoring of the only seagrass meadow at Maka Bay.
  • Revitalising local knowledge and skill of traditional sports.

ACTION 3: FOCUS ON FOOD

Families practising healthier diet habits, grounded in the knowledge of good traditional & scientific practices of food nutrition, preservation & meal preparation. This initiative aims to enable a space for women clubs on the island to venture into small food enterprises that supports the growing organic foods market in Fiji.

Programme 2: Towards a Culture of Biodiversity Conservation

Island biodiversity is an integral part of our Rotuman culture.

Through coordinated events, LäjeRotuma enhances skills and engages a trained network of island volunteers, as champions to sustain a program for ethno-biological and traditional conservation practices.

ACTION 1: Rotuma Schools

Under Adopt-a-Habitat, Rotuma’s 4 primary schools adopt a natural habitat close to their schools for citizen-science learning and conservation activities.

Eco-camp activities are also part this Adopt-a-Habitat initiative where life skills are nurtured.

ACTION 2: Support Rotuma Women

As resource managers, Rotuma women are often responsible for enriching children’s cultural identify and shaping their eco-attitudes. This Action empowers women, teachers and children with skills and knowledge to preserve and strengthen socio-cultural links to natural biodiversity of Rotuma. It covers:

  1. Women empowerment: revitalising inter-relationships among women that cultivates good practice in governance of their clubs and mentoring by the elder women supported by Rotuma Women Association.
  2. Focus on Food: training women clubs on how to grow local foods and preserve excess fruits; value added products, storage and prepare of nutritious meals from local produce.
  3. Land care: supporting women’s initiatives to protect and preserve the natural, cultural and social environment.
  4. Protecting culture: promoting environmental stewardship among women groups with their children, youth, teachers and village communities.

ACTION 3: RESEARCH

LäjeRotuma operates at the national level to coordinate and implement training, research, awareness and support cultural exchange opportunities.

mobilises technical expertise at the national and international levels and provides support for significant biodiversity research including cooperation with USP and other conservation partners.

Our research objectives further enable the work of LäjeRotuma through:

  • identifying and addressing priority information needs associated with environmental, cultural, economic and social objectives using the most effective methods;
  • enhancing research collaboration with technical agencies, institutions and NGO partners;
  • broadening the knowledge base and management capacity by drawing on modern science and indigenous knowledge.
  • Restoring degraded and at-risk habitats.
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