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.
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).