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Joeli’s journey from the rural village where he first went to school to being a university lecturer in Fiji’s capital city has enabled him to build bridges between the traditional and modern, the rural and urban and the local and international realms.

Joeli says the world already has enough global plans to address environmental challenges. What compels him is the need to demonstrate those plans locally. And the good news is that we have the resources at our disposal.

Joeli’s talk focusses on the sustainable development initiatives that he has begun to implement in his village on the island of Gau.

Dr Joeli Veitayaki is a lecturer at the University of the South Pacific’s School of Marine Studies.

With over 26 years as an academic, reflecting on, teaching and researching community development, he has also attended his fair share of global conferences on the sustainable development of our oceans.

His experiences have instilled in him a belief that global aspirations must be followed up with local action.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

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Dr. Joeli Veitayaki
is a lecturer at the University of the South Pacific’s School of Marine Studies.
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