Millennium Ecosystem Assessment
Strengthening Capacity to Manage Ecosystems Sustainably for Human Well-Being

Fiji Sub-Global Assessment

Location

Three sites will be included in the assessment – Gau, the fifth largest island in the country with pristine natural ecosystems; the Greater Suva Harbor, the lagoon surrounding the largest urban centre in the USP region; and Coral Coast, a region in transition with extensive tourist development.

Lead institutions

Marine Studies Programme (MSP), Institute of Applied Science and the International Ocean Institute-Pacific Islands (IOI-PI) at the University of the South Pacific (USP).

Contact information:

  • Joeli Veitayaki
    Marine Studies Programme
    University of the South Pacific
    Suva
    FIJI
    Phone: +679-3212890, 3212092
    Fax: +679-3301490
    veitayaki_j@usp.ac.fj

Focal issues

The assessment in Fiji will allow the exploration of existing resource-use practices, the examination of the changes and trends affecting the ecological conditions, and the formulation of the various response options. Involvement of local communities is a major challenge.

Key features of the assessment

Fiji is a developing country where the main economic activities include agricultural production, tourism, and the exploitation of natural resources. The population of Fiji is growing at the rate of 2.3 per cent annually and this has led to serious environmental problems that threaten the ecological integrity of local ecosystems. The assessment sites represent areas of different levels of economic development. Some threats include destructive fishing, coastal erosion, logging, industrial pollution and waste disposal.

Timeframe, budget

This assessment is currently an affiliated member of MA. The aim is to become a full member, set a budget and secure a funding support.