Fiji supports protection of mangrove forests
Fijian President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau has called for protection of the country’s mangrove forests similar to how coral reefs are protected. This follows his Earth Hour 2013 commitment, when he walked 30km to raise awareness of climate change, challenging Fijian organisations to publicly commit to environmental action. Addressing organisations working with WWF in June he was responding to news of the clearance of a large mangrove forest for building materials, and called for an investigation. Mangroves represent an important coastal ecosystem sheltering many species and providing safe spawning areas for fish and shrimp, and play a crucial role in coastal zone protection, especially from the extreme storms that are expected to result from climate change.