By Sheenam Chandra, SUVA, FijiSun
Thirty-two-year-old Dwain Qalovaki is a familiar face to organic waste management and green entrepreneurship.
The two-time international award-winning sustainability manager said: “My first international award was from the International Union of Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in 2016,” he said.
“I was one of three people around awarded for growing indigenous participation in sustainable sea transport initiatives.”
Mr Qalovaki is a trustee of the Uto ni Yalo.
“The Uto ni Yalo is a 72-foot, solar and wind-powered vessel and we have circumnavigated the world twice and we have been to 15 countries in the Southern and Northern hemispheres,” he said.
“At the Green Entrepreneurship Workshop, my job was to liaise with almost 20 Green Entrepreneurs about how we create business opportunities in waste.
“Some of the things was to talk to them about the fact that we need to read the National Indicators around statistics.
“It’s not good enough to just do a feel-good piece where we are trying to save the environment.”
He has also won a Global Green Sports Alliance in Raka 7s.
Mr Qalovaki said that Naboro landfill, which is the main landfill for the whole country, accepts 180,000 kilograms of waste every single day.
“The Suva City Council (SCC), being the largest municipality, sends at least 80 per cent organic material,” he said.