Fiji Sub-Global Assessment
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.
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).
Marine Studies Programme
University of the South Pacific
Phone: +679-3212890, 3212092
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.
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.