Lau in the spotlight
A tug of war of mega proportions is underway in Suva’s corridors of power over an initiative by a group of islands in Fiji to preserve the largely pristine sea and land. Under their Lau Seascape initiative, the chiefs of Lau province want 336000 km2 of land and ocean declared a protected zone. With the support of leading international environmental NGOs, the group has raised millions of dollars to finance what many have dubbed the South Pacific’s answer to Galapagos. However it now appears the powers that be want . . .