Delivering sustainable forest management for Fiji’s people and wildlife
Dr Mark O'Brien
Host Country Institutions:
NatureFiji - MareqetiViti, Fiji Protected Area Committee, Dept of Forest, Fiji, National Trust of Fiji
At the end of the project a minimum of 26,000 ha of natural forest in Fiji will be designated as either a Permanent Forest Estate or a Protected Area under the terms of Fiji’s Forest Policy (2007). At these designated sites, there will be measurable improvements in the sustainability of livelihoods for participating forest-owning mataqali from the harvesting of forest products, coupled with a reduced pressure on the forest ecosystems. These outcomes will be guided and sustained through the development and implementation of new tools and materials, and by building local capacity through targeted training and support.