Melania Segaidina

Melania Segaidina

Melania initially joined the Nature Fiji-Marqueti Viti team as an intern in 2015, during this time she assisted with workshop and field survey logistics. Prior to joining the team Melania was awarded a Bachelors of Science degree in Environmental Science from the University of the South Pacific (USP) in 2012.

As a conservation officer with Nature Fiji-Marqueti Viti, Melania’s responsibilities include: assessing the feasibility of rat eradication from priority seabird islands (Yabu and Vuro Island, Kadavu), monitoring invasive species activity (rats, feral cats and wild pigs) around priority forest based sea bird sites (for the Critically Endangered Fiji Petrel and Collared Petrel on Gau Island), assessing community perception of invasive species, specifically for the presence of mongoose (Ovalau island), assessing the presence/absence of the Tahiti Petrel on Taveuni, and assessing community use of their natural resource in relation to biodiversity, and their perception of the importance of forests. Melania also leads on certain aspects of advocacy for the organisation, including club activities, and developing the capacity of guides for forest based eco-tourism.

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