Denarau Island, Fiji (April 8, 2024) – Club Wyndham Denarau Island has partnered with the Ministry of Forestry of Fiji to plant mangroves at Natabua Seaside, Lautok. This initiative underscores the resort’s commitment to sustainable tourism and leverages the critical role of mangroves in coastal protection and wildlife conservation.

The resort planted 2,500 mangrove seedlings, surpassing the previous record of 2,400 in the area, with the Ministry of Forestry facilitating the sourcing of seedlings. 

“We are proud to lead by example in our mission to contribute to sustainable tourism and environmental conservation,” said William Work, Resort Manager of Club Wyndham Denarau Island. 

“By engaging our staff, club members, and the local community in this mangrove planting project, we not only aim to enhance our natural surroundings but also foster a deeper connection with the environment among our guests and residents,” he added.

The Ministry of Forestry has reached out to local community groups, including church and single mothers’ groups, and village youth selling mangrove seedlings, to collect seedlings for planting. Club Wyndham Denarau Island is investigating making this a yearly activity and extending its planting efforts to other locations on the island.

According to a World Bank report, Fiji is vulnerable to tropical cyclones. Mangroves are essential in mitigating the effects of such weather events, serving as natural barriers that reduce erosion and absorb the impact of strong waves caused by cyclones. 

Furthermore, Mangroves create a unique ecosystem that provides vital habitats for a diverse range of local wildlife, contributing to biodiversity preservation.

Club Wyndham Denarau Island is a family-friendly beachside resort offering spacious self-contained accommodation, including one, two, and three-bedroom apartments. The resort has outstanding facilities, including on-site restaurants, a gym, a large lagoon-style swimming pool, an outdoor spa, a swim-up pool bar, a kids’ club, and direct beach access. It is part of the Club Wyndham South Pacific collection, the region’s leading vacation club with close to 60,000 members and the resort is a favourite amongst members.

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