Enable the indigenous community of Denimanu to share their stories which span 40 years of effort to protect Fiji's endangered Crested Iguanas. Share in the challenges, the successes, joys & their resilience in mitigating climate change impacts on their village and livelihoods. Use digital videos & photographs to project these stories. In the process conduct historical mapping of their resources to help mitigate future environmental issues.
What locality or neighborhood will your project focus on?
Denimanu village, Yadua Island, Bua Province, Vanua Levu
Describe the specific community with whom you will be working.
What kinds of news, stories and other content will be created?
Stories on their cultural link to the crested iguanas which drives their passion for its protection; their struggles due to lack of resources compounded by their isolation from the mainland; pressures from commercial fishing depleting their marine resources; the new challenges of climate change; & the actions they've undertaken to mitigate these. Media Output: videos televised locally & uploaded, press articles, website links, radio talk-show.
What technologies and digital tools do you plan to use in the trainings?
Describe the connections that you or your organization have already established that will contribute to the success of the project.
The National Trust of Fiji (NTF) has partnered with the Denimanu community for the last 15 years to protect Fiji's Crested Iguana, and employs a full time Ranger from the community. We have a credible reputation and other stakeholders whom we have worked with (on restoration of the iguana population, invasive species eradication, & food security projects) such as the Provincial Office, nearby villages, and partner NGOs continue to be supportive.
How many participants do you think will be involved in your project?
The population of Denimanu village is approximately 250 people distributed over 46 households. This project will train 30 youths, 5 teachers, 20 women, and 20 men in the use of the equipment, resource mapping, and interviewing and facilitation skills. The NTF encourages project ownership by the community in all its past and current projects and therefore involves all segments of the community in project design, implementation, and monitoring.
Besides the microgrant funding, what other resources and support are you seeking for your project to ensure its success?
Provision of 2 digital video cameras, 2 voice recorders, and 2 digital cameras would be much appreciated as this will enable the full implementation of the project.
National Trust of Fiji Islands