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Replanting Fiji’s Endemic Sago Palm with Nunia

Saturday, October 31, 2015 @ 9:00 am - 1:30 pm

Replanting Fiji’s Endemic Sago Palm with Nunia

Replanting Fiji’s Endemic Sago Palm with Nunia

Culanuku Village, Serua

31 October 2015 (Saturday morning)

Join Nunia to Culanuku village in Serua to help the villagers replant the endemic Fiji sago palm.

Learn about the endangered palm, its life cycle and the efforts in saving it from extinction. Walk through the Sago Palms forest and learn about Fiji’s wetland species.

The women folk will demonstrate replanting, harvesting and thatching of the leaves. They will also prepare a delicious lunch for us (fish fresh from the sea) and local vegetables.

Enjoy a swim in the sea after lunch.

The Culanuku Sago Palm Field is Fiji’s first sago palm habitat rehabilitation demonstration site*.

The sago palm fruits and flowers only once in its life time (20 to 25 years) before it dies.

The harvesting of young sago palm for heart of palm plus the demands of thatching for the Tourism industry has made harvesting unsustainable and the palm is now in serious risk of extinction.

  • Culanuku Village, 40 mins from Suva.
  • Transport and lunch will be provided (please inform us if you are vegetarian)
  • Sulus must be worn in the village.

9.00 am: Depart Suva from the Civic Center bus stop.

12.30pm Depart Culanuku village

Minimum Age: 7 Years

$35 for NatureFiji-MareqetiViti member. $40 for non-member.

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Limited places available so book and make payment early.
Become a member and enjoy the discounted rate.

*NatureFiji-MareqetiViti in partnership with the Department of Environment, Serua Provincial Office, Department of Forests and the National Trust of Fiji established a five years species recovery plan 2010-2015. Part of this recovery plan has been implemented at Culanuku village.

Contact: Anna Billings on contact page or  Tel: 310 0598

Nunia Thomas

Nunia Thomas is the Director of NatureFiji-MareqetiViti, Fiji’s only local NGO for the conservation and sustainable use of Fiji’s biodiversity.  Nunia is the technical advisor on the government-led  National Protected Areas Committee and NBSAP Species working group.  Prior to NatureFiji-MareqetiViti, Nunia was involved in planning and establishing long-term monitoring plots for invasive plants in two of Fiji’s protected areas; and conducted ecological studies on some of Fiji’s endangered species.

Nunia has been co-author in four scientific papers through her partnered research on Tropical Montane Cloud Forests, Fiji crested iguana ecology and Fiji ground frog ecology and has contributed to several technical reports. She is currently serving her 3rd year as a member of the IUCN Species Survival Commission Steering Committee.


Saturday, October 31, 2015
9:00 am - 1:30 pm
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Nunia Thomas
310 0598
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Suva Civic Centre
Stinson Parade
Suva, Central 00000 Fiji
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