Adaptive management in Fiji

This afternoon Dr. Rebecca Weeks from WCS Fiji will be presenting a fascinating Fijian example of participatory and adaptive marine area management in Kubulau. WCS Fiji has been assisting Kubulau communities since 2005 and helped establish Fiji’s first ridge-to-reef ecosystem based management plan, which includes a network of 3 district marine protected areas and 17 village tabu areas. In 2011, the need to improve management effectiveness, combined with a desire to ensure that the Kubulau MPA network is resilient to future climate change impacts, motivated a revision of MPA boundaries and management rules. In this talk, Rebecca will discuss the process and outcomes of this adaptive management cycle, along with new efforts to expand management activities into adjacent districts.

Date: Thursday, 16.02.2012    –    Time: 4:30 pm   –   Venue: Veitiri Meeting Room, IUCN Office, 5 Ma’afu Street, Suva

Fiji’s coral reefs

Here is a short video made for WCS Fiji by Justin Miedwig, exploring the beautiful underwater world of Fiji’s coral reefs, talking about some of the threats they face and what we are doing to make a difference. Enjoy!

Wildlife Conservation Society of Fiji – Fiji’s Coral Reefs from Justin Miedwig on Vimeo.

Launch of Ecotales from Kubulau

Launch of Ecotales from Kubulau

 

WCS Fiji today hosted the launch of “Ecotales from Kubulau”, a joint publication by WCS Fiji and the Coral Reef Alliance to showcase the remarkable plants and animals that are both astounding in their beauty, and culturally important to the people who live in the Vatu‐i‐Ra Seascape. It is our hope that the guide will raise awareness about the importance of the plants and animals to local livelihoods, cultures, and ecosystem functions. The stories in these pages come directly from the elders of Kubulau, who have described their associations with species for medicine, decorative arts, building materials, food, and totem spirits. By collecting these stories, the traditional knowledge that is rapidly fading away with modernization can now be preserved for the youth of Kubulau and the Vatu‐i‐Ra Seascape. Proceeds from the sale of the guide will directly support ecosystem management and community development in Kubulau. “Ecotales from Kubulau” is available to purchase from the University of the South Pacific Book Centre, either in their Suva store or the online shop. The production of the book was generously supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. 

Click play below to watch news coverage on Fiji One about “Ecotales from Kubulau”, a joint WCS Fiji and CORAL publication.

 

2nd Fiji Conservation Science Forum

2nd Fiji Conservation Science Forum

After the great success of the 1st Fiji Conservation Science Forum in 2009, we are pleased to announce that the 2nd Fiji Conservation Science Forum will be held in Suva, from September 14th-16th, 2011. The theme for the conference will be “Confronting the Climate-Biodiversity Crisis”. The meeting will provide a unique opportunity for scientists, conservation practitioners, decision and policy‐makers in Fiji to get together and discuss recent, current and future projects relevant to safeguarding Fiji’s people and environment against the impacts of climate change. We hope to see you there!

Second Fiji Conservation Science Forum – September 14-16, 2011 – Link to website

Abstracts are due July 1, 2011.

Adaptive management for resilient MPA network design

Adaptive management for resilient MPA network design

Efforts to develop management strategies that can mitigate the impacts of global environmental and climate change are urgently needed but examples of their application to date are rare. WCS Fiji is leading efforts to developing indicators of coral reef resilience to climate impacts which can be used to prioritise locations for management. We have collected data on reef fish assemblages, coral population structure, coral recruitment, benthic cover and complexity from coral reef habitats within managed (Kubulau District) and unmanaged fishing grounds (Solevu, Nadi, Wainunu, Wailevu districts). We are combining these data with reef habitat classifications and predictions of reef fish assemblage characteristics to identify sites with naturally high resilience and those that can be improved by management. WCS Fiji will then consult with stakeholders in Kubulau District to discuss options for adapting their existing marine protected area (MPA) to improve reef resilience. We will also work with the communities from Bua and Cakaudrove provinces to design new resilient MPA networks.