Photo Credit: Manasa Vula
In 2012 the iTaukei Affairs Board (Board) endorsed the establishment of the iTaukei ni Yaubula Committee. In 2013 the National Environment Council accepted the submission from the Board on the conditions that the name of the committee be reviewed. The committee was renamed as the National iTaukei Resource Owners Council. The NTROC holds great significance as it promotes the capacity development of the iTaukei to make informed decisions on sustainable management of their natural resources. The Council also ensures the participation of the iTaukei in decision making process that affects their natural resources with support efforts to build a resilient iTaukei community against climate change.
The National iTaukei Resource Owners Council met on the 6th of June, 2018 after a 2 year lapse. The Council is chaired by the Permanent Secretary and representatives from the 14 Provincial Yaubula Management Support Teams are members of the Council.
The NTROC members met to exchange ideas on lessons learnt sheding light on initiatives and projects that have been conducted in the respective provinces, also discussing emerging environment issues and plan the way forward for the management of natural resources in Fiji.