WCS Fiji is gearing up for an Integrated Coastal Management (ICM) project in Fiji’s Bua Province. This will complement a parallel project which is already up and running across the waves of Bligh Water. Ra Province, on the northern tip of Viti Levu, faces Bua from the opposite side of the Vatu-i-Ra Seascape. Ra has embraced the ridge-to-reef approach, and become a demonstration site for provincial-level ICM. As well as drawing up an ICM plan for Ra Province, a Fiji Government project will support a national ICM Committee to develop a national plan. The Ra model will also provide a framework on which other provinces can build their own ICM plans.
National, provincial and local stakeholders from Ra have been finding out about existing plans for development and natural resource management in Ra, to make decisions about how these plans can be brought together under the umbrella of ICM for Ra. This Fiji ICM project will run from 2011-2015 and is part of a wider suite of work to ensure future food security, under the Pacific Coral Triangle Initiative. Other countries involved are PNG, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Timor Leste. Funders include the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Global Environment Fund (GEF), USAID and AusAID.