The SHEFA Provincial Government Council, in partnership with the Efate Vaturisu Council of Chiefs, are planning to conserve a certain area on Efate to protect the supply of natural water sources.
Funded by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), consultation briefings will commence from January 27 to 28 at the SHEFA provincial headquarter.
National Project Coordinator and Secretary General of SHEFA Province, Morris Kaloran, said they are working to secure an inland conservation area with support from the Efate Land Management Area (ELMA) that will protect natural water sources located at the centre of the island.
“Our aim is to ensure there is water supply access to rural communities and to prevent deforestation and development from destroying our natural water sources,” he said
“According to the 2019 Census, the total population of SHEFA was around 76,000.
“Over the years, as the figures continue to increase, we must now think ahead on how to conserve our natural ecosystem and prevent deforestation.
“For the sake of our future generation, we need to need to conserve areas of land to protect our water sources and replant more trees to keep the supply of water flowing within all rural communities around Efate.”