Mussels and resilience

Freshwater mussels were once found in abundance in the Nasavu River. They were a staple source of food for the Vitina community members, who live along the banks of the river. For generations, these mussels have been considered sacred. They have come to represent Vitina’s idea of resilience.

Resilience is a complex concept, one which is understood differently across communities who face unique challenges and contexts. The Climate Resilient Islands programme is helping communities understand the concept. Learn how the CRI programme is helping community resilience using three symbols: the coconut palm, the crab and the butterfly.

Climate Resilient Islands is a New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade initiative, implemented by Live & Learn Environmental Education, with funding provided by the New Zealand Government.

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