Very good to hear that the proposed plan in the Namosi area is now on hold. Environment must come first as well as the cultural and food resource needs of the local people there. Story from Fiji Village.
Namosi landowners welcome decision to put on hold gold and copper project
The Tikina Namosi Landowners Committee has welcomed the decision that the Namosi gold and copper project is currently on hold.
Spokesperson Sipiriano Nariva believes their concerns have been heard.
Nariva says they have always raised concerns on the plight of the landowners and also the Environmental and Social Impacts of the project.
He says because they are worried about their future generation they have requested the relevant authorities to discontinue the project.
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says the project is on hold because they have not met the necessary environmental protection conditions.
Bainimarama says they have put the preservation of the environment first.
Meanwhile, the Namosi Joint Venture Country Manager Greg Morris says they are undertaking the environmental impact assessment work.
Morris adds they have not put a time frame on when they would present the report.