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The agricultural sector plays an important role in Fiji’s economy. It offers both employment and opportunities for sustaining livelihoods, and there are strong linkages between the sector and the rest of the economy.
Restoring the balance in development that is sustainable for our future.
This report sets out the Draft National Energy Policy prepared by a team of consultants under the Review of the Fiji National Energy Policy project with the support of the Department of Energy. The consultants are contracted under the Coping with Climate Change in the Pacific Island Region (CCCPIR) programme, which is funded by GIZ and jointly implemented by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and GIZ
This investor guidebook is being developed with the aim of supporting potential investors and project developers with the basic knowledge on the environment surrounding CDM project development in Fiji. In addition to general demographic information for Fiji, the investor guide will provide country specific information from a practical aspect of identifying and developing CDM projects in Fiji.
Policies have been developed in the areas of agriculture, land use, forestry, fisheries and water. They focus on the sustainable management of Fiji’s natural resources and the establishment of appropriate institutional arrangements for effective implementation and monitoring. A major component is the incorporation of environmental management in order to address issues that emanate from natural hazards and unsustainable resource management and utilisation.
The Fiji REDD-Plus policy aligns itself with the Forest Sector goal of sustainable forest management and also with the vision in the National Forest Policy 2007, broadly stated as: ‘Sustainable wellbeing and prosperity from diversified forests’, based on ‘the need to overcome the sector’s current focus on timber production and to widen the perspective to a balanced attention to the multiple economic, ecological and social values of Fiji’s forest resources’ covering the various thematic areas of sustainable forest management.
Fiji has recognised that land resources development and management as one of the key development issues identified in the National Strategic Development Plan. The unsustainable uses of the resources due to increase in population and encroachment of marginal to steep land for agriculture and other uses have caused land degradation. This due mainly to increase deforestation, logging, intensive sloping land cultivation and livestock farming.
The formulation of the Fiji Forest Policy is an important step in the continuous development of a National Forest Programme that strives at achieving a consensus of all stakeholders on policies and implementation measures towards conservation and sustainable management of the Nation’s forest resources, aiming at maintaining multiple values for the benefit of present and future generations alike.
The Rural Land Use Policy for Fiji and its supporting documents reflect the commitment to find sustainable mechanisms of development that will create the necessary preconditions to achieve environmentally sound, socially desirable and economically appropriate forms of land use. This commitment is accompanied by an awareness that this is especially urgent due to the scarcity of land resources and the fragility of the environment.
Following the main text is a list of References and a Glossary while the Attachments include a full portion of the text from the Convention on Biodiversity which details the requirements for National Strategies and Action Plans; a list of the 32 reports which were produced during the course of the preparation of the FBSAP; summary report of the six Regional Biodiversity Workshops and the Preliminary Register of the Sites of National Significance. Also attached is a list of publication and/or studies completed or on-going related to FBSAP work.
Fiji, like most Pacific Island nations, has a local tenurial control system embedded in the cultural tradition of its indigenous people. This provides both opportunities and challenges for the implementation of integrated coastal management (ICM). In this situation, an approach that focuses on national-level activities in coastal management may not be effective.