RNZ – 8th Feb
Freesoul Real Estate Development has begun constructing a resort with plans for around 370 bures on Malolo just off Fiji’s main island Viti Levu.
Some of the bungalows were to be built over the water and others amid protected mangroves.
Villagers on the island this week called for the construction of the resort to stop because they said it was damaging their islands’ environment.
In a statement yesterday Fiji’s environment minister, Mahendra Reddy, said the company’s original plans had been rejected in December last year after an environmental impact assessment determined they would be too destructive. read more….