Mamanuca Environmental Society

Tadrai Island Resort, through the Mamanuca Environment Society, fully supports and actively participates in community sustainability, livelihood and environmental protection tourism inititatives.

Mamanuca Environment Society Background

Concerns highlighted throughout the 1990's by Mamanuca Fiji Islands Hotel & Tourism Association (MFIHTA) members, in consultation with Coral Cay Conservation (CCC) in 2001 led to the formation of the Mamanuca Coastal Zone Management Group. The Mamanuca Environmental Society (MES) was subsequentlyformed in 2002 by members of MFIHTA as a non-profit, non governmental organisation. The Society's objectives are to address the regional issues, specifically marine and terrestrial environments. Recent MES projects include Water Quality Monitoring, Reef Check Surveys, Liquid Waste Management, as well as ongoing education and dialogue with stakeholders at community and commercial levels.

MES was legally incorporated and registered as a not for profit, non-aligned society in 2003 and includes cross section membership comprising communal and commercial stakeholders in the Mamanuca region. A Marine Biologist was employed as Project Manager to secure a professional, scientific basis for research carried out.

MES Mission Statement

To promote awareness of the need to protect the marine and terrestrial resources of the Mamanuca Region and to assist, through partnerships with local communities, tourism operators, government and non-government organisations, in the environmentally sustainable development of these resources for the benefit of present and future generations.

To assist in the protection of the Mamanuca's natural environment and to enhance the livelihood of communities living and working in the region by:
* helping conserve the marine & terrestrial biodiversity of the region;
* ensuring the sustainable use of resources to enhance livelihood;
* promoting the need for integrated management by all who visit, live and work in the Mamanuca region for a sustainable tourism and community livelihood.

Partnerships forged with local communities, chiefs and Tikina councils in collaboration with government, international and national NGO's and tourism operators are key.