Rauti Para Project Manihiki May 2015

14 Aug 2015

The Rauti Para tablet training project for the islands of Rakahanga and Manihiki was made possible with funding from the Adaptation Fund, UNDP Samoa office and SRIC CC programme.  This report comprises the efforts taken by the project in training the seniors in the Pa Enua as previous computer training have focused largely on Rarotonga; the Pa Enua are often overlooked due to funding restrictions. It is arguable that the existence and future survival of these islands may not depend on government or foreign aid, but rather on the ability of the Pa Enua seniors to interweave their traditional knowledge and practices with new knowledge that will ensure a more resilient population to both economic hardship and particularly the impacts of climate change.

Some Recommendations Noted

  • Manihiki has ideal conditions for aqua farming and should be encouraged to develop
  • Research is needed to investigate the prospects of improving water flushing in the lagoon
  • Hydroponics for Tukao village is long overdue and should be followed up to go ahead

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