District’s Historic Marine Protected Area & Turtle Sanctuary Declaration

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In a landmark declaration, the communities of Nadogo District representing 22 traditional tribes (yavusas), united to declare Nukuvadra and Katawaqa islands as community protected areas and turtle sanctuaries.

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Details on Nadogo District Protected Area

Dive into the heart of Fiji’s conservation movement! Witness the historic declaration that unites 22 tribes of Nadogo District in the Macuata Province, to protect Nukuvadra (Map) and Katawaqa (Map) islands as community protected areas and turtle sanctuaries. This monumental effort is a beacon of hope for critically endangered hawksbill turtles, facing the challenges of climate change.

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Explore the power of community-led conservation, the deep connection between these communities and their ancestral lands, and the invaluable knowledge shared by the guardians of these pristine ecosystems. Together, we can make a difference for these ancient mariners and marine resources.

Supported International Offices

This monumental achievement was supported by the WWF-Netherlands Office, the Bezos Earth Fund through WWF-US, and the Climate Resilient by Nature (CRxN) initiative, in partnership with WWF-Australia and through WWF-Pacific’s Safeguarding Nesting Populations of Sea Turtles in Fiji project in partnership with WWF-UK that aims by 2026 nesting and foraging marine turtle populations are protected with increased nesting recorded in priority national sites here in 🇫🇯 !  Read the Full Article Here

Video: Nadogo District’s Historic Marine Protected Area & Turtle Sanctuary Declaration

References

  • Vafo’ou, R., Mr (2023, August 4). Conserving Hope: Nadogo District Declares Islands as Turtle Sanctuaries to Revive Endangered Populations. WWF Pacific. Retrieved September 21, 2023, from Link
  • Vierus, T. (2023). Katawaqa island. One of two islands designated turtle sanctuaries by the Nadogo community [Photograph]. WWF Pacific. Link
  • [WWF Pacific]. Nadogo District’s Historic Marine Protected Area & Turtle Sanctuary Declaration [Video]. Youtube. Link