The River of Eden

In this beau­ti­ful short film, award-win­ning film­mak­er Pete McBride teamed up with O.A.R.S. to take us down the lit­tle known, but local­ly famous Navua Riv­er in Fiji. It’s been called the “Trop­i­cal Grand Canyon” for it flows through the jun­gle of the Cen­tral High­lands of Fiji and cuts a nar­row, yet deep gorge down the East­ern slope of Mount Gor­don. Water­falls cas­cade over the vol­canic canyon walls and jun­gle ferns take hold wher­ev­er soil holds.

Apart from the stun­ning scenery of the jun­gle riv­er, McBride’s sto­ry focus­es on how O.A.R.S. teamed up with locals to con­vince them that the long-term ben­e­fits of tourism and recre­ation out­weighed the short-term ben­e­fits of resource extrac­tion. The result is a mod­el for eco-tourism around the world.

Watch this incred­i­ble homage to a riv­er, and learn how a small group of peo­ple can pro­tect a land they love.