Comics Delight Kids

WCS Fiji have just returned from launching a comic book titled “The Adventurers of Joji Goby” at 5 different schools in Kubulau and Wainunu, Bua. The comic is about the life-cycle of Joji a freshwater goby, which hatches in freshwater before migrating to sea as larvae and migrating back as post-larvae. Joji met with a lot of obstacles upon his return journey, on his quest to find his parents. The launch included a puppet show of Joji’s adventure followed by the designation of Goby Youth Ambassadors for each village, who will help with the enforcement of rules in ecosystem-based management plans for the two districts. The comic was created using funds from the Disney Friends for Change Program. You can see more photos of the launch and the very special puppets on the WCS Fiji Facebook page, at www.facebook.com/wcsfijiprogram.

Joint Aquarium and WCS Visit to Kiobo Village

Longnose hawkfish (Oxycirrhites typus) at Mushrooms dive site, Namena Marine Reserve, Fiji. Photo (c) Stacy Jupiter

Check out a link from a blog post by WCS Fiji Director Stacy Jupiter on the New England Aquarium’s Global Explorer’s site talking about our recent joint aquarium and WCS visit to Kiobo village in Kubulau to learn about the latest changes to their management plan: http://explorers.neaq.org/2012/03/fiji-coming-home-to-kiobo.html

 

 

 

 

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.

 

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.

Paolo’s Triumph: managing Kubulau’s natural resources

Here is a film in 3 parts about the important contribution Paolo Kolikata has made to ensuring the food security of future generations, by protecting and managing the reefs and forests of his district of Kubulau. Paolo is the Chairman of the Kubulau Resource Management Committee which delivers Kubulau’s Ecosystem-based Management Plan.

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