Members and friends of the Samoa Conservation Society (SCS) planted over 500 trees to commemorate the International Day for Biological Diversity.

On Saturday May 23 around 50 members and supporters of SCS met at the Malololelei Recreation Reserve to learn about the work that SCS and the MNRE are doing to save Samoa’s biodiversity.

A range of short talks were given by Leilani Duffy, James Atherton, Moeumu Uili, Jane M Va’afusuaga, Eugene Meleisea and Laulu Lei Enoka.

Topics included the rat management initiative being carried out at Malololelei and the Manumea bird conservation work including the new Manumea mural at Malololelei. Laulu Lei Enoka talked about how to identify native birds.

Members were taken through the importance of trees and forest restoration for biodiversity, carbon capture, cyclone resilience and the provision of ecosystem services.

The group then planted around 500 native trees in an open and degraded area in the nearby reserve owned by Andrew Ah Liki.  They finished the day with fellowship and food at the Malololelei Recreation Reserve lookout.

The International Day for Biological Diversity is a United Nations–sanctioned international day for the promotion of biodiversity issues. It is currently held on May 22. The International Day for Biological Diversity falls within the scope of the UN Post-2015 Development Agenda’s Sustainable Development Goals


SCS would like to thank Andrew Ah Liki for his conservation leadership, MNRE for your ongoing partnership with us and all the SCS members and friends who turned up on the day to do practical conservation action!

About SCS

Samoa Conservation Society is a local Non Government Organisation dedicated to promoting Samoa’s conservation of Samoa’s biological diversity and natural heritage.

It’s current Governing Board are:

President – Leilani Duffy
Vice President –  James Atherton
Secretary – Faleafaga Toni Tipama’a
Treasurer – Kelly Knights
Executive Members- Olsen Va’afusuaga, Roberta Faasavalu, Ateca Silatolu & Steve Brown

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