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Video and words by @pedromcbride // River of Eden: The Upper Navua River, often dubbed the ‘River of Eden’, slices through the highlands of Fiji’s Viti Levu and is unique not just for its staggering beauty, but for its protected status. That is unusual is this part of the world. In fact, the Navua represents one of the most unique conservation cooperatives in the world, which prevents logging, mining or roads within 200 meters from either side of the upper Navua river’s lapping waters.
The small villages that line the Upper Navua looked into the future and decided that a flowing riiver, lined with jungle, is more valuable in the long term than any immediate profits from timber, gravel or even a dam project which some investors have explored as a possibility in the area. To see more, go to @pedromcbride.

Photo: @pedromcbride. Exploring a secret canyon off Fiji’s Navua river — one of the longest tropical slot canyons in the world. It is also one of the only regions in the South Pacific protected from commercial mineral extraction. The conservation zone is also supported by local landowners. Not sure which was greater, our fear of an unexpected waterfall ahead, or a T-Rex appearing around the corner in this lost, ancient world. #Fiji #freshwater #riversfiji @oars_rafting @thephotosociety by natgeo