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The flora is one of the native plants that are slowly fading away from Samoa.

This is according to Dr Art Whistler who is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Hawaii who presented on Plants of Samoa: A unique but threatened flora, at the iv Samoa Conference of the National University of Samoa.

The source of the Samoan flora is predominantly Indo-Malayan to Fiji. The Samoan flora comprises 540 native species of flowering plants.

In addition to native plants, naturalized alien plants are included since they are now a natural and self-producing part of the environment.

There are 294 species that are weeds and are naturalized in Samoa. 49 are Polynesian Introduction and the rest are Modern Introduction.

“Some species may appear to be rare or extinct because of mistakes. Mistakes like the location of collection”, says Dr Whistler.

The threats that are faced by the flora and the environment are natural or man-made for instance, cyclones, droughts, tsunami, climate change caused by global warming and etc. Other threats are not directly caused by human activities.

“Further work is needed to determine which plants are being lost”, says Dr Whistler.

Our native forests needs protection. The flora of Samoa is under pressure and species are becoming extinct or extirpated.

Flora is the goddess of flowers in Roman Mythology.

In Samoa the origin are catagorised in two different parts which is the Native and Alien species.

Native Species are naturally occurring on the island while the Alien Species are not of natural occurrence to the island.

Native is then divided into two groups which is Polynesian Introduction and Modern Introduction. It will further divided into Accidental Introduction and Intentional Introduction.

“The seeds for these species arrived in three major ways: seawater flotation, borne by wind, borne by birds and bats. Only a few species in Samoa have seeds that are carried externally by birds or bats”, says Dr Art Whistler

*Vaelei is a first year Media and Journalism student at trhe National University of Samoa.

Samoan Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailed Malielegaoi made headlines in the previous weeks after a stunning speech that left world leaders in both shock and awe.

He was calling out sceptic leaders to recognize the fight against climate change is as real as it gets, and calling on leaders who don’t believe in it to take a second look.

A few days later, an Australian Columnist slammed Tuilaepa, mocking him of his weight saying, “he should be watching his eating, not our emission.”

Not long after, another column writer, this time from New Zealand slammed the Pacific Islands calling them “leeches.”

It appeared all negative in response from the bigger neighboring nations to the Pacific. That is until a man by name of Steven Sklifas personally wrote a letter to the Prime Minister of Samoa, asking for Samoa to endorse the the World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity initiative.

Steven wrote, “Firstly, I would like to congratulate you and Samoa for showing inspirational political courage and leadership on the catastrophic consequences of Climate Change. Your voice is an inspiration to us all.”

“I would like to invite you to endorse the World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity which will help change civilization’s current trajectory. 

“After exploring the website and conferring with your associates, perhaps you would see fit to do the Organizational Endorsement and upload your logo.   

“You and your colleagues are also more than welcome to do the Individual Endorsement of the Warning,” he concluded.

Its a glimpse of recognition from those outside of the Pacific who have shown the support for the Climate Change fight that the region faces.

Mr. Sklifas is as Australian Director of the Scientist Warning initiative. Scientists Warning is a global independent network of concerned citizens and organizations committed to the wellbeing of

humanity and the planet.

Samoabeat is unaware of any further developments of this story in regards to whether or not Tuilaepa had responded to the letter.

 

The letter in total is attached below, courtesy of the Press Secretariat:

 

To the Prime Minister

Government of Samoa

 

Dear Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi,

 

Firstly, I would like to congratulate you and Samoa for showing inspirational political courage and leadership on the catastrophic consequences of Climate Change. Your voice is an inspiration to us all.

 

I am the Australian Director of the Scientist Warning initiative. Scientists Warning is a global independent network of concerned citizens and organizations committed to the wellbeing of

humanity and the planet. Our mission, protection and preservation of Life on Earth.

 

The World Scientists Warning to Humanity – Second Notice was published as an article in the prestigious peer-reviewed scientific journal BioScience.

 

The article which is one of the most discussed pieces of scientific research ever is a ‘wake-up call’ to humanity has been co-signed by

more than 22,000 scientists from 184 countries.

 

I would like to invite you to endorse the World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity which will help change civilization’s current trajectory. 

 

After exploring the website and conferring with your associates, perhaps you would see fit to do the Organizational Endorsement and upload your logo.   

 

You and your colleagues are also more than welcome to do the Individual Endorsement of the Warning. 

 

http://www.scientistswarning.org/join/organizational-endorsement-form/

http://www.scientistswarning.org/join/individual-endorsement-form/

 

It would a great honour to have the endorsement of a great fighter of Climate Change like yourself and the nation of Samoa.

 

I thank you for your time and please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

 

Best Regards,

 

Steven Sklifas

 

http://www.scientistswarning.org/

Scientists Warning

National Director – Australia

Writer and Photographer

Phone: +61 417 513 517

 

O Falealupo, o se tasi nei o afioaga o loo malosi lo latou faatauaina o le vaomatua.

O lenei vaomatua na taua i le saunoaga a se tasi o matai o le afioaga, ua faaigoaina o le Vaosa’oloto aua o lenei fa’asao e tele sona aoga i le afioaga, i le faasaoina o laau toto ma le anoanoai o ituaiga manu ese’ese .

O le tele o nei laau o loo totonu o lenei faasao, na taua ua faitau selau tausaga talu ona faasaoina e le afioaga i totonu o lenei vaomatua.

Ua mafai ona faatautaia lenei galuega e ala i le lagolago malosi a matai ae maise tagata nuu o lenei afioaga.

Na maua se taimi e faatalatalanoaina ai e le vasega o faasalalau se tasi o matai o le afioaga Fuiono Falemalu Kenina, e ala lea i mataupu e faasino i le lenei vaomatua ua lauiloa i le lalolagi.

“O le talaaga o lenei vaomatua tele i totonu o le nuu o Falealupo, sa faataoto a e leai ni ona fuafuaaga ma ni ona tamaoaiga, sa ola lava nao le vao.”

O lenei galuega tele na amataina ina ua toai taunuu mai ni alii mai Amerika ma le tamaloa e igoa ia Nafanua Paul Cox, lea na amatalia le fausaga o le auala savali poo le Canopy Walk i le faaperetania.

O lenei la galuega o loo faia pea ma alagaoa o le afioaga aua faalavelave o le nuu aemaise a latou mea fai.

Na taua foi e Fuiono, ua uma ona faataatitia tulafono aua le puipuia o nei laau i totonu o lenei vaomatua.

Ma e oo i le 20 aumatua le sala e faasalaina ai se tasi e maua atu o faatamaia nei vao o loo faasao i totonu o lenei vaomatua.

O le faasao o le vaomatua o loo i Falealupo I Savaii ua avea ma se mitamitaga I alii ma faipule o le afioaga, ona manulauti na ala ai ona avea nei vaega o le afioaga ma faasao.

Na asia ele polokalame o faatusitala a le Iunivesite Aoao o Samoa, le Faasao ma molimauina ai le tulaga lelei male alualu I luma ole atinae oloo iai.

I le 1997 na avea ai le vaomatua I Falealupo ma faasao poo se reserve I le gagana peretania ona o le naunautaiga o taitai o le nuu ina ia faatumauina le malu puipuia o laau ma manu o loo feola ai I totonu.

O le latou manulauti ina ia puipuia le tele o manu ma laau eseese o loo iai so latou sao taua I le siosiomaga o loo nonofo ai ma tagata poo le ‘biodiversity’.

E 50 tausaga ole maliega ale afioaga mase tasi o alii mai Amerika ia Cox ina ia faatumauina le taua o laau ma manu oloo feola ai I totonu.

O nisi o laau ma manu eleo maua I nisi afioaga ma nisi togavao oloo maua uma I totonu o le Faasao e pei ole laau ole tamanu male manulele ole lupe sina.

Na taua e Fuiono Falemalu Kenina ole afi lava le popolega tele ile nuu ina nei faatamaia ai le Faasao ma aafia ai ola eseese oloo iai totonu.

Ole taina I lalo o laau male tapueina o manu ose solitulafono foi lea I totonu ole nuu ma e tuuina iai faasalaga ua uma ona fa’ataatitia mo ia vaega.

“E o’o lava i meatuaolo o lo’o tata’a I totonu o le nei vaomatua ua matua fa’asa lava. E sala I le nu’u pe a maua se isi ua na tuli manu I totonu o le faasao, ona ua malamalama Falealupo I lo latou taua tele I le siosiomaga.”

Na faatuina le auala laupapa ina ua malaga mai nisi o tagata suesue mai Amerika ma talitonu ai ile tulaga ese oloo iai le togavao ale afioaga male faamoemoe ia tosina atu turisi ma ia fai se sao mole atunuu.

Ole faatosina mai o tagata tafafao maimoa mai fafo ina ia maua ai se seleni mole afioaga na ala ai na faatu le auala laupapa.

Na taua foi e Fuiono le tulaga ole seleni oloo maua mai ile Faasao, oloo tuuina ile tusitupe aua mea e manaomia mole toe faaleleia ole Faasao male Auala Laupapa ma sina vaega mole tausiga ole nuu.

Na taua e Fuiono, “e tavavae ese lava le totogi mo leoleo o le faasao, o le mea e totoe ai,, ua teu lea I le tusitupe faapitoa lava mo le vaomatua ua maea ona tapenaina, nei moomia I le lumanai.”

Ile tulaga o fesoasoani mole Faasao , oloo maua mai seleni mai tama fanau ale nuu oloo I atunuu I fafo. E tagi I lima le galuega a le afioaga.

I le taimi nei, o lo’o manaomia e Falealupo le lagolago a le malo I le latou galuega.

Ua tele le aoga o le poloketi o le vai taele a le autalavou a le Ekalesia Faapotopotoga Kerisiano i Samoa a Salelologa, i atina’e faalenatura.

 

Ua amanaia e se tasi o poloketi a le faalapotopotoga a malo soofatasi lenei atinae ua avea ma punaoa faalenatura mo le afioaga.

 

Na taua e le tai ulu a le poloketi le susuga I le Fa’afeagaiga ia Valaauina F. Taumua, “E matauina I tausaga ua alu, tasi nei o vai ua lolofi mai ai tagata o le nuu.”

 

Peita’i, ona o le tele o tausag ao fa’alagolago le afioaga I le nei vai, ua avea lea ma auala ua faaleagaina ai. Na sailia loa lea e le autalavou a le E.F.K.S i le pitonu’u o Foua se fesoasoani e toe faaleleia ai le vai taele.

 

“Ua fai si lapisia, ia na tau saili loa laia o se auala e faatupe ai lenei vai ia le ala la lea na talosaga ai loa tagata o le matou nuu o loo i luga le malo ma le United Nation.”

O lenei mataupu na talanoaina i le tausaga 2017 ma na taliaina le latou talosaga ia Aperila 2018.

 

“Na talosagaina e le matou faalapotopotoga se $50,000 tala Amerika mai le malo, ina ia faaleleia ai le vai taele aemaise ni talone lapisi mo le afioaga, peitai e $23,000 Amerika na tali ai le malo e tusa lea ma le $60,000 tala Samoa.”

 

Na saunoa foi le Susuga ia Rev. Taumua, ua maea ona faataatia tulafono ole vai taele ina ia tumau ai pea I le lelei.

 

“O nei tulafono e agai atu i le pitonuu, ona ave lea e le pitonuu i totonu o saofaiga a le afioaga ina ia aloaia ai tulafono."

 

 

E tolu vaega po’o laasaga o loo faatino ai le poloketi, o le taimi nei ua oo i le vaega lua.

 

O lo’o faamoemoe atu I le faaiuga o lenei tausaga po’o le amataga foi o le tausaga fou ua tatala le vai.

 

O lea foi faamoemoe ua luitauina ai le fanau ma tupulaga i le faalapisi, ina ia tumau ai pea le mama ma le matagofie o lea afioaga.

O le igoa o lea vai, o le Vai o Tautai.