While salt crafting does not have a direct relationship with climate change, it has compelled people who are negatively impacted by climate change to engage with their natural resources. With some infrastructure like a small shed, the community hopes to continue making salt more frequently and protect their environment. Women from Vusama will be ready to lead the charge.
The biggest takeaway of this experiment has been the power of traditional knowledge as a driver of change for the community. In indigenous cultures like Fiji, where ancestors are revered, traditional knowledge is a means through which communities strengthen connections to their land and natural resources. It promotes unity and social collaboration to build resilience in the wake of disasters bringing together diverse groups especially older generations and children. As UNDP works towards resilience, traditional knowledge can be a promising inroad to engage communities and supporting them towards poverty reduction, sustainable livelihoods, and climate security.
 Māqa (in Vusama dialect): A barren coastal space found adjacent to the mainland and often devoid of marine flora and fauna.
A big thank you to the Fiji Ridge to Reef Project team for their support. Additional thanks to Mohseen Dean, Head of Solutions Mapping, Accelerator Lab Pacific for all his inputs in the development and implementation. Photos by Aashim Tyagi.