Re-Imagining Environmental Protection in the Pacific.
In the month of March, the Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) Plastics Repurposing Trainings were conducted on the islands of Savusavu and Taveuni in Fiji. Coordinated in partnership with the Savusavu and Taveuni Tourism Associations, the trainings brought together a cross-section of community representatives including former tourism sector workers, women, youth and persons with disabilities.
With the guidance of prominent Fiji artist and SPTO’s creative consultant, Warwick Marlow, the participants learnt the art of repurposing plastic waste, much of which was collected from local beaches, to create jewelry and other handicrafts.
While opening the workshops SPTO Chief Executive Officer, Christopher Cocker, acknowledged that the initiative is an important tool for equipping tourism stakeholders with the skills to create sustainable livelihoods whilst also contributing to achieving cleaner and greener communities.
SPTO launched the Plastics Repurposing Training in 2018 with fifteen women from Galoa village in Fiji and have carried out further trainings in Tuvalu, Kiribati and RMI. Adapting to COVID-19 travel restrictions the workshops outside of Fiji are being delivered virtually via pre-recorded instructional videos and live interactive sessions.
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SPTO launched the Plastics Repurposing Training in 2018, carrying out the training with Fiji and Tuvalu, and later transitioning the Training on virtual platforms post COVID-19 with Kiribati and the Republic of Marshall Islands. Upcoming training will be held with Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia.
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