Fiji expedition begins

Follow the progress of the Joint Aquarium Fiji Expedition on the Global Explorers Blog at http://explorers.neaq.org/2012/03/2012-joint-aquarium-fiji-expedition.html. Dr Stacy Jupiter, Director of WCS Fiji, is on board to collect data on the health of the coral reefs in Fiji’s waters, as well as to visit local conservation initiatives in the area – such as a farm for giant clams on the island of Makogai.

 

Planning for the future in Wainunu District

A finalised a set of protected areas, management rules and protocols for an Ecosystem-Based Management Plan have been finalised at WCS Fiji’s recent Management Support Workshop in Wainunu District, Bua Province of Fiji.

Mosese, the chair of the newly formed Wainunu Resource Management Committee, presents the agreed Committee hierarchy back to the group.

Providing a foundation for sustainable management of terrestrial, freshwater, estuarine, coastal and marine ecosystems, the plan fuses scientific research with local management approaches. It links to work being delivered in Kubulau, Nadi, Solevu and Wailevu Districts as part of WCS Fiji’s focus on the Vatu-i-Ra Seascape, one of Fiji’s last great wild places.

Representatives from Wainunu’s villages and settlements (except Cogea, which was under a typhoid quaratine) came together with WCS Fiji and Bua Provincial Council in Nakawakawa village. Changes to protected area boundaries and management rules reflected further consideration and input from communities since the last planning workshop in November 2011.

The Wainunu Resource Management Committee was established to lead and oversee implementation, with sub-committees for Communication and Enforcement to help drive progress. Their first meeting was held immediately after the workshop, before formalising their existence with Tui Wainunu and at the Bose Vanua the following day.

WCS Fiji is looking forward to working with the Wainunu Resource Management Committee to implement the plan and contribute to conservation of these valuable ecosystems for future generations.

This project is kindly funded by grants from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Disney Friends for Change Programme and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (US Department of Commerce).

Proceedings of 2nd Fiji Conservation Science Forum

Full Proceedings of the 2nd FCSF are now available on CD, including copies of all the 53 presentations. Please come and pick up your CD from the WCS Fiji office at 11 Ma’afu Street in Suva. If you are not based in Suva and would like a copy, please let us know and we will send a CD by post. The summary Proceedings (without links to the presentations) can also be downloaded from our website at: http://www.wcsfiji.org/Resources/ConferenceProceedings/tabid/3427/Default.aspx

 

The Forum was held in Suva in September 2011 and the main theme was “Confronting the Climate-Biodiversity Crisis”, in recognition of the fact that climate change is an overarching threat that may be exacerbating impacts to species and habitats in Fiji and the region. As a lead off to the event, Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, Director of the Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland, highlighted the many ways that climate change is affecting biodiversity in the region and offered some thought-provoking solutions for managing the problems. The keynote presentation was followed over the course of three days by seven thematic sessions on (1) Ecology and Management of Fiji’s Watersheds, (2) Terrestrial Species, (3) Marine Species, (4) Results from Fiji’s Locally Managed Marine Areas, (5) Scaling-up Local Management to Meet National Priorities, (6) Socio-Ecological Tools for Climate Change Adaptation, and (7) Adaptive Management. The room at Studio 6 was consistently full with at least 195 participants from 64 different organizations across academia, development, community, government, non-government, and the private sector.

Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg delivers his keynote address to open the 2nd Fiji Conservation Science Forum in Suva.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Climate change implications for Pacific Island Countries

A free lecture will be given this afternoon by Gillian Cambers of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community.

The talk will be based on the recently published findings of the Pacific Climate Change Science Program, a three year study which was undertaken by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO in collaboration with national meteorological services of Pacific Island countries and territories.

The findings are published in a two volume peer-reviewed report “Climate Change in the Pacific: Scientific Assessment and New Research” and can be accessed at: http://www.cawcr.gov.au/projects/PCCSP/publications.html. The first volume of the report provides a regional overview, while the second volume provides individual reports for each of the 15 countries. This includes climate projections for Cook Islands, East Timor, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

Please come to listen and discuss – Thursday 1st March 2012, at 16:30 in the Veitiri Conference Room, IUCN Office, 5 Ma’afu Street, Suva.

Science, traditional knowledge and community approaches

 

An interesting article on how science is complimenting traditional community approaches in Fiji.

http://www.scidev.net/en/agriculture-and-environment/features/old-and-new-knowledge-combine-to-protect-fiji-s-fish.html

The simplicity of methods and data are key, as well as their effective integration into local planning and management processes.