27 June 2022 Savaii Samoa. The community of Saipipi in Savaii have established coral nurseries and are focusing on replanting mangroves, to restore degraded reefs and mangrove habitats.
The initiative aims to raise awareness and village understanding of the significance of coral reefs and mangroves to local livelihoods, and take appropriate action to restore key marine ecosystems.
The initiative is led by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE) in partnership with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF) and Artificial Reefs Samoa.
The participation of the village council Alii and Faipule of Saipipi, the women’s committee and the Aumaga (village youth) of Saipipi Village was acknowledged for their support and hard work throughout the project implementation.
Saipipi is the third village to be part of the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change and Resilience Buidling (PACRES) project.
Two more villages in Savaii are expected to benefit from these ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) solutions to climate change.