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.

 

Cruising the reefs of Solevu

Here is a video from Rebecca Weeks, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at WCS Fiji, showing our boat cruising the reefs of Solevu District, Fiji, on the way to a dive at our survey site. At the site we will go on to collect data that we can use to determine reef resilience.

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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