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Draft Biodiversity Status Maps for Your 6NR – Fiji

At the beginning of the 6NR process, we challenged Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity to double the number of maps used from your 5NR to your 6NR. Are you on track to meet this challenge? We have exciting news for you!  Using the UN Biodiversity Lab, and the global datasets available within it, we created 18 draft biodiversity status maps for your country.

Fiji: State of Birds 2013

Fiji’s first ever State of Birds 44 page report provides an overview of the issues facing Fiji’s birds and emphasises how useful birds are as flagships for other elements of biodiversity. The report has been prepared by NatureFiji (BirdLife in Fiji) -MareqetiViti with the assistance of the Department of the Environment and local ornithologists.

To download the publication, access the following link:
http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/userfiles/file/sowb/countries/FIJI2013.pdf

Reef Rangers – Youth Empowerment & Marine Conservation

Established a community-based resource management programme for an isolated fishing community on Kia Island in the Northern Fiji sitting on the Great Sea Reef (GSR) of local, regional and global significance being the third largest reef system in the world. Having perceived the current state of poor management of the marine protected area by the people of Macuata province, Reef Rangers was developed to increase education and awareness on Kia and later to communities beyond.

Equator Initiative Case Study – Sisi Initiative Site Support Group

Sisi Initiative Site Support Group manages natural resources around the periphery of the Natewa Tunuloa Important Bird Area. The organization has established a 600-hectare community protected forest and developed alternative livelihood options for the area’s indigenous landowners. Developed in response to illegal logging, forest fires, overgrazing, agricultural encroachment and invasive species, the organization uses an innovative incentive scheme to protect the globally important bird and wildlife species in Natewa Tunuloa.

Equator Initiative Case Study - Fiji Locally Managed Marine Area Network

The community of Ucunivanua on the eastern coast of Fiji’s largest island was the site of the first locally managed marine area (LMMA) in Fiji in 1997. Scientists from the University of the South Pacific supported environmentalists and local villagers in declaring a ban on harvesting within a stretch of inshore waters for three years, building on the tradition of taboo prohibitions for certain species. After seven years of local management, the clam populations had rebounded and village incomes had risen significantly with increased harvests.

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