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Tukuni Yadua


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For the past forty years, residents of the community of Denimanu on the isolated island of Yadua in Fiji have been committed in their efforts to protect the endangered Crested Iguana. These creatures have been threatened by external pressures and by climate change, making their protection much more urgent. The protection of the wildlife and the villagers’ traditional way of life has been one of the defining characteristics of the community's identity. However, due to the island's isolation some of these stories depicting the challenges, as well as the successes of these efforts have not been adequately told. Now the residents want to pass this passion for conservation along to the next generation with the hopes that they will continue this work. The National Trust of Fiji (NTF) will work in conjunction with the local community to train young villagers to tell this story through the use of digital video and photography. This digital imagery will showcase the unique biodiversity located on the island, and how the relationship between humans and nature is such an integral part of the community's past, present, and future.

Traditional Fishing Tradition: Denimanu community members during a traditional fishing drive using coconut leaves as their fishing nets.

Traditional Fishing Tradition: Denimanu community members during a traditional fishing drive using coconut leaves as their fishing nets.

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