Women creative in communicat​ing climate change and REDD+ | iTaukei women from 5 provinces learn about climate change and REDD+

Womencreativein communicating climate changeand REDD+




Morethan 40iTaukeiwomenexpressedtheir appreciation and delight inparticipatingin a trainingworkshop on climate changeandREDD+(reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and forestconservation, sustainable management of forests andenhancementof carbon stocks). On Wednesday 23 October 2013, the women from the Provincesof Naitasiri,Tailevu, Rewa, Namosiand Serua receivedtheirtraining certificates fromthe Permanent Secretaryof the Fisheriesand Forests, Mr Inoke Wainiqolo after3 days ofactive participation and learning.




The women,who aremembersof the Soqosoqo VakamaramaiTaukei,the largest non- governmentalorganisation of women inFiji, displayed their creativityand skills duringthe 3- days bycomposing impromptu poems, songs and dance aroundthesubjectof climate

change,forests, and evenREDD+.All this composed within 1.5-hour group sessions.The women sangmelodioustunes, recitedprofound poems andbrokeout into lively meke (traditional dance)as theycreativelycommunicatedon

what they had learnt.The women also began a first draft on anawarenessmodule toaid community facilitators when conducting awarenesson climate change and REDD+


MrsTeresiaRoseru fromMasi VillageSerua, said shewas verythankful for the opportunity to learn about climatechange and REDD+. As awoman belonging toa forestcommunity,she found the sessions on forestry,climate change and REDD+ veryrelevant and expressed her intensionto take the information back to the village. Thisintension was echoed bymany of the ladies. Ms Vasiti Tabucakau,the Secretary of the Soqosoqo Vakamaramain Nasautoka,Wainibukaand also librarian ofthe village said that she willcarry back to the village allthe necessarytraining materials to

conduct awareness sessionson climatechange for the various groupsin the Tikina.



In congratulating the women, the Mr Wainiqolosaid he was verypleased to hearthat the women were nowmoreinformed onthe role of forestsin climatechange mitigation andadaption sincetheyplay an important rolein ensuringforestsaresustainablymanaged. After beingregaledwith song, poetry and dance, MrWainiqolo told the womento utilise their exceptional organisationaland communication skills to create awarenessin theircommunitieson the issue of climate changeand forests.He

thanked thewomen for makingthe effortto attend the 3-day training, knowinghow difficultit was to leave behindtheir obligationsin the village.





The Deputy Secretary of the Ministry of iTaukeiAffairs,Ms Loata Vakacegu,said capacitybuilding of the womenon the subjectof climate changeand REDD+ willcontinue withtheMinistry of iTaukei Affairsworkingclosely with the Forestry Department and the SPC/GIZCoping with Climate Change in the Pacific IslandRegion programmeto ensure this.The General Secretary of the Soqosoqo VakamaramaiTaukei,Adi Finau Tabakaucorothanked the FijiGovernment for putting in place the REDD+Policyand its efforts in involving the iTaukeiwomen inthe development of REDD+ inthe country.


The workshop was organised in partnershipwith the Ministryof iTaukei Affairs,the Soqosoqo VakamaramaiTaukei,the Forestry Department andthe SPC/GIZ Coping withClimate Change in the Pacific Island RegionProgramme(CCCPIR)and wasconductedand funded bythe Forestry Department REDD+Project andthe CCCPIR.



iTaukei women from5 provinces learn about climate changeand REDD+


On Monday21 October, morethan 40 iTaukei womenfrom 5 Provinces in Fijigatheredat the Holiday Inn in Suvato learn about climate change and REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and forest conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbonstocks). Womenfrom the Provinces of Naitasiri,Tailevu, Rewa,Namosi and Seruatravelled from their villages to be part ofthe 3-daytraining workshop. Theworkshop aimsto increasethe knowledgeand understandingof the women on the issues surroundingclimate changeand REDD+ and to enhancetheirskills ascommunity facilitatorstoeffectivelytake the message backto their villagesand communities. The womenaremembersof SoqosoqoVakamaramaiTaukei,the largest non-governmental organisation of women inFiji,with mostwomen being resourceownersof large forest areas.


In opening the workshop, the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the iTaukeiAffairsBoard,ColonelApakuki Kurusiga highlightedtheimportant role offorestsinprovidingvaluableecosystemservicesto local communities.He equatedthe forestto a supermarketwherefresh sumptuousmeals canbe sourced, shelterconstructed,recreational servicesprovidedandis anatural pharmacy.He encouragedwomento be attentiveinlearningof theforests’rolein climate changemitigationand adaptationgiventhat climatechangeimpactsare nowbeingfelt inthe local communities.ColonelKurusigasaidthat womenwereagentsof

changeand theyhave theimportantresponsibilityof relayingthe messagesandlessonsof the workshopbackto their respective communities.


The General Secretaryof theSoqosoqoVakamaramaiTaukei General Secretary, AdiFinau Tabakaucorosaidthat thiswas thefirst evertrainingon climatechangeandREDD+conductedfor the women. AdiTabakaucorosaid thatsuch focussedtrainingstailoredforruralwomenwere necessaryas thesewomenare usually notprovidedan opportunityto participatein suchevents. Adi Tabakaucoro addedthatthe trainingsupportsthe policystatementsof theFiji REDD+policywhich emphasisesthe consideration of genderissues in all phases of decision-makingand implementation


The 3-day trainingworkshop will cover the topics on the causes andimpactsof climate changeand on REDD+ and its implications to forestresource owners. Thetraining will alsoencouragewomen to enhance theirskills ascommunicators, educators andfacilitators.The workshopends on Wednesday

23 October2013.



The workshop is organised in partnershipwith the Ministryof iTaukeiAffairs,theSoqosoqo VakamaramaiTaukei,the Forestry Department andthe SPC/GIZ Coping withClimate Change inthe Pacific Island RegionProgramme(CCCPIR)and is conductedandfunded throughthe Forestry Department REDD+Project andthe CCCPIR.