RiverCare Fiji

Project Aim: To promote the participation of young people in decision-making on environmental issues, development of innovative skills, and new competencies for problem-solving at community level

Background: Program grew from original program in 2002.

Activities : RiverCare participants undertake simple social and environmental research, including water quality monitoring, to improve their understanding of water issues such as pollution. RiverCare participants increase their capacity to take action by engaging in dialogue with partners, including those responsible for creating water pollution problems.

RiverCare staff, with support from the Ministry of Education Curriculum Development Unit, continues to deliver training forums to teachers and students in Labasa, Suva , Nausori, Nasinu, Serua, Navua, Sigatoka, Nadi and Lautoka. Activities that highlighted water issues, its management and sustainable development were facilitated with both teachers and students. As part of RiverCare, a network of schools and communities in Sigatoka is being formed. District RiverCare School networks have also been formed in Labasa and Suva and are undertaking a water project in their area.

A river to coast (RiverCare-Sandwatch) monitoring network will look at the impact of development and human activities along watersheds and coastal areas. District RiverCare networks are being revived, with the first District RiverCare Campaign targeted during 2007.