Economic Planning Officer
National Planning Office
Ministry of Finance & National Planning
Suva, Fiji Islands
|2003 Status Report|
The partnership seeks to establish a culturally relevant and comprehensive set of indicators for use in tracking progress towards achieving sustainable development goals in Melanesia, as well as for use in appropriate policy development at national and sub-regional level.
1. To further increase the share of renewable energy in electricity production from its current level (60%) to a higher level. 2. Achieve 100% access to electrification by 2016, with the current levels standing between 85 - 90%. 3. Further improve the reliability of main grid power supply and benchmark with those of similar economies. 4. Promote energy conservation and efficiency in all sectors of the economy. 5. Further enhance and strengthen institutional, regulatory and legal framework of the energy sector. 6. Utilisation of Biofuels in Fiji's transport sector by 2015.
The objective of this voluntary commitment is to develop a comprehensive Shark and Ray Conservation Regulation that ensures sustainable population levels of sharks and rays in Fijian waters. The regulation will set out a sustainable, long-term management plan to address the challenges of unsustainable mortality and habitat loss affecting sharks and rays in Fiji. Shark and ray ecotourism is a major contributor to the Fijian economy, generating over US$4 million in tax revenue alone, and in 2012 shark dive tourism contributed over US$42 million to the Fijian economy. Overfishing and loss of ...[more]
The objective of this voluntary commitment is to begin a program of immediate reform of the coastal fisheries sector and establish a national fisheries policy to guide fisheries management in Fiji. A majority of the Fijian population is coastal and therefore highly reliant on inshore fisheries for their subsistence and local economic needs. Although 33 percent of all animal protein consumed in Fiji comes from fish, and subsistence and commercial fisheries contribute at least US$44.4 million to Fijis annual GDP, inshore fisheries are grossly undervalued in national accounting and developmen...[more]
The objective of this voluntary commitment is to develop a legally recognized multiple-use marine spatial plan for Fijian waters. The plan will include a range of marine managed areas and help protect marine ecosystems. Oceanic resources and activities contribute billions of dollars (FJD) annually to the Fijian economy in terms of food, livelihoods, coastal protection and reduction of climate change impacts. Fiji contains high biodiversity and includes coastal habitats (e.g. coral reefs, mangroves, seagrass) and open ocean habitats (e.g. seamounts, canyons, hydrothermal vents and ridges) m...[more]
The objective of this voluntary commitment is for Fiji to conclude its outstanding maritime delimitation negotiations and complete its full extended continental shelf claims (ECS) report for submission to the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS). Fiji is a coastal sate strategically located in the hub of the Pacific. Fiji shares maritime boundaries with Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Tonga and France (Wallis and Futuna). Given the increasing interests of non-PIC private corporations to secure licenses for seabed exploration, as well as the increase in IUU fish...[more]
The IHO capacity building programme seeks to assess and advise on how countries can best meet their international obligations and serve their own best interests by providing appropriate hydrographic and nautical charting services. Such services directly support safety of navigation, safety of life at sea, efficient sea transportation and the wider use of the seas and oceans in a sustainable way, including the protection of the marine environment, coastal zone management, fishing, marine resource exploration and exploitation, maritime boundary delimitation, maritime defence and security, and o...[more]
The objective of this voluntary commitment is promote sustainable development and implement more effective frameworks to manage Fijis coastal ecosystems and, as a result, protect the well-being and food security of Fijians in maritime regions. Fijis coastal environment presents a great diversity and wealth of environmental resources, that, in itself, is a natural asset for food security, livelihoods, recreation and economic value for the country as a whole. Fiji's coastal environment is made up of an assemblage of resources including coral reefs, mangroves, beaches, and forests. These reso...[more]
The objective of this voluntary commitment is to reduce the use of single use plastic bags and more effectively manage plastic waste in Fiji by introducing legislation that disincentives the use of plastic bags. Consumption of single use check out bags was estimated in 2010 to be around 70 million per year in Fiji, with urban population use at around 150 per person per year. In 2004, a survey of three locations in urban Fiji found plastic bags at an average rate of one every seven meters over the 5.8km of roads surveyed. The negative environmental impacts of plastic are well-documented....[more]
The objective of the J-PRISM Partnership is two-fold, firstly to strengthen and develop national waste management systems and human capacity in Pacific SIDS through partnership with Pacific SIDS, SPREP and the Government of Japan; and secondly to promote the regional sharing of knowledge and expertise and encourage the eventual uptake of good waste management practices in Pacific SIDS.Good waste management is a vital component of national sustainable development, since poorly managed waste has negative impacts on areas such as public health, environment, and tourism. By strengthening the syste...[more]
Fiji and UNFPA hosted a Pacific regional experts consultation and Health Ministers meeting on strengthening climate change resilience through reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (RMNCAH). Fourteen Pacific SIDS, UN H4+, SPC, PIDF, USP, and HRH Princess Sarah Zeid of Jordan, a global advocate for women and children’s health and EWEC leader in humanitarian work, adapted a global strategy, building on the SAMOA Pathway priorities Climate Change, Disaster Risk Reduction, Health, and Gender Equality. ‘KAILA! Pacific Voice For Action on Agenda 2030’ is a declaration, forward ...[more]
IRENA has developed the SIDS Lighthouses Initiative to support the strategic deployment of renewable energy in SIDS, to bring clarity to policy makers regarding the required steps, and to enable targeted action. As a joint effort of SIDS and development partners, this framework for action will assist in transforming SIDS energy systems through the establishment of the enabling conditions for a renewable energy-based future, by moving away from developing projects in isolation to a holistic approach that considers all relevant elements spanning from policy and market frameworks, through technol...[more]
Since 2000, Local communities in Fiji are reclaiming their marine-based livelihoods by implementing Locally Managed Marine Areas (LMMAs), to bolster local incomes and traditions by replenishing local waters and restoring populations of agricultural crops and marine resources. Source: World Resources Institute (2011) A Compilation of Green Economy Policies, Programs, and Initiatives from Around the World. The Green Economy in Practice: Interactive Workshop 1, February 11th, 2011 Local communities in Fiji are reclaiming their marine-based livelihoods by implementing Locally Managed Marine Areas...[more]
The Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme (PFIP) is a Pacific-wide programme helping to provide sustainable financial services to low income households. By 2019 PFIP aims to have: - One million low-income people in the Pacific, with at least 50 per cent women, gain access to appropriate/affordable financial services; (600,000 achieved by 2014)- Additional 150,000 previously unbanked people, with at least 50 per cent women, gain access to a formal savings account;- Four additional Pacific Islands Countries (PICs) have national financial inclusion strategies that reflect gender differences and w...[more]
The network enables effective knowledge sharing and advocacy on the practical application of Integrated Water Resources Management approaches to address key water resource, catchment and coastal management challenges in Pacific Island Countries
Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting is a summit-level meeting which has been held every three years since 1997. Leaders openly discuss various issues that Pacific Island Countries(PICs) are facing in order to build close cooperative relationships and forge a bond of friendship between Japan and PICs. The 7th Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM7) was held in Iwaki, Fukushima, Japan, on 22 and 23 May, 2015. At this summit, under the slogan of "We are Islanders - Commitment to the Pacific from Iwaki,
The Partnership will support Pacific SIDS in meeting their obligations to implement and effectively enforce global, regional and sub-regional arrangements for the conservation and management of transboundary oceanic fisheries thereby increasing sustainable benefits derived from these fisheries
The Pacific Mangroves Initiative (PMI) is a partnership-based initiative promoting investment and action for sustainable mangrove futures in the Pacific Islands.
The Pacific Risk Resilience Programme (PRRP) is a large-scale risk governance programme in one of the most vulnerable regions to disasters and climate change in the world. The US$16.1 million Pacific Risk Reduction Programme (PRRP) is being delivered through a partnership between the Australian Government Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and international NGOs Live and Learn Environmental Education (LLEE) and the Mainstreaming of Rural Development Initiative (MORDI). The Programme is helping to build the national and regional ris...[more]
The Conference is an external side event to the UN Ocean Conference in New York. The Pacific Voices for a Global Ocean Challenge Conference aims to invite all the organizations of Pacific Region. The objective is to bring the voice of the Pacific stakeholders scientists, policy makers, NGO, private sector members, etc about sustainable management and protection of ocean and provide specific solutions. The conference blends oral contributions, debates, moments of sharing and artistic events. The conference is divided into three sessions. An art exhibition supplements the conference. The o...[more]
The goal of the Pacific Islands National Priorities Multi-Focal Area ‘Ridge-to-Reef’ (R2R) program is to maintain and enhance Pacific Island countries’ ecosystem goods and services (provisioning, regulating, supporting and cultural) through integrated approaches to land, water, forest, biodiversity and coastal resource management that contribute to poverty reduction, sustainable livelihoods and climate resilience. This goal will be achieved through a series of national multi-focal area R2R demonstration projects which will support and address national priorities and development needs while del...[more]
The objective of this voluntary commitment is to vigilantly guard against irresponsible actors who employ unsustainable and illegitimate practices contrary to the laws and principles in the UN Law of the Sea. Fiji will place national prohibitions on destructive fishing practices and promote the use of sustainable fisheries. Such practices include the use of explosives, firearms, poisons and other noxious substances. Also included are drift-net fishing activities and any demersal trawling including trawling targeting benthic species. These prohibitions are established by our national fisher...[more]
Outcome 1: Child Protection Systems (including Justice and Police, child and family social services, health and education and communities) provide improved quality of and access to services for the prevention of and response to violence, abuse and exploitation of children at all times.Outcome 2 Parents, caregivers, and children demonstrate skills, knowledge and behavior enabling children to grow up in caring homes and communities, including schools that are free from violence, abuse and exploitation.
The objective of this voluntary commitment is to launch the Fiji Whale and Dolphin Action Plan to protect whale and dolphins within Fijian waters. This commitment is a follow-up to the Fijian Governments declaration of the Fijian Exclusive Economic Zone as a whale sanctuary in March of 2003. Population levels of humpback whales and other whale species are at critically low levels, and the Oceania humpback whale sub-population has been declared endangered. There is a relatively high diversity of cetacean species found in Fiji, including 10 confirmed species, with as many as 15 other spec...[more]
Fiji and Fijians have a long and close relationship with the sea for food, livelihoods, including tourism, and cultural tradition. Our coastal (or inshore), fisheries resources, in particular, are important to Fijian communities , but yet are facing increasing pressures from both domestic and international markets. Among the most desirable and, hence, valuable of the fish resources are the groupers (Family: Epinephelidae). Groupers are very vulnerable to overfishing because of their biology and, in particular, their predictable annual spawning (breeding) aggregation behavior. These reef fi...[more]
Sea Mercy is a US based 501(c)3 non-profit organization with a mission to "stand in the gap" with service delivery vessels, trained health volunteers, support equipment, and critical care services as island nations develop their "outer island" infrastructures. Due to distance and a lack of service delivery vessels, there is a huge disparity between the services offered on the primary islands, to those available on the remote islands. Working directly with our island nation partner's health ministries and leadership, Sea Mercy provides free Floating Health Care Clinics (FHCC), which also serve ...[more]
The initiative aims to provide national health authorities in SIDS with the political, technical and evidence and financial support to better understand and address the effects of climate change on health. This includes addressing climate change impacts on the main determinants of health (i.e. food, air, water and sanitation); improving the climate-resilience and environmental sustainability of healthcare facilities; and promoting climate change mitigation actions by the most polluting sectors (e.g. transport, energy, food and agriculture) to maximize health co-benefits.
In 2007 the president initiated the Strategic Development Plan with the goal of a zero emissions. Source: The Strategic Development Plan 2007-2011 is the culmination of consultations with a wide range of stakeholders in the private sector, non-government organisations and Government. The objective of the Plan is to identify and implement policies to take Fiji forward to its vision of a peaceful and prosperous Fiji. For more information please see the documents on the right hand side of this page.
The objective of the partnership is to effectively manage 30% of Fiji’s seas by 2020, through the strengthening of inshore locally managed marine areas (LMMAs) and the establishment of offshore, multiple-use marine protected areas (MPAs). What is unique about this partnership is that the Fiji Government and civil society are working strongly together to achieve this ambitious target that exceeds Fiji’s commitments under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Aichi Target 11.Since SIDS 2005, Fiji has seen a rapid expansion of the management of inshore areas and as of 2014, 78.2% of Fiji’s...[more]
The objective of this voluntary commitment is to ensure that tourism development in Fiji is pursued within a sustainable framework to mitigate the possibility of negative impacts on Fijian ecology, society and culture. The Fijian Government established the Green Growth Framework in 2015 to serve as a sustainable development guide for all sectors of the Fijian economy. The development of the sustainable Tourism Development Framework will support green growth in Fiji and act as a practical sustainable tourism management tool. Given that the Fijian tourism industry is largely coastal and mari...[more]
The objective of this voluntary commitment is to formulate regulation on the conservation of sea turtles and fully implement the National Sea Turtle Recovery Plan. Five of the seven species of sea turtles are present in Fijian Waters. These are Hawksbill turtle, Green turtle, Loggerhead turtle, Leatherback turtle and the Olive Ridley turtles. Sea turtles have a strong connection to the culture and traditions of the Fijian people. There have been severe declines in the numbers of sea turtles found in Fiji over the last three decades. However, some recovery levels for each stock have been re...[more]
The Fiji Pearl Development Plan proposes to cooperate with all relevant stakeholders in the development of a national, community-based, pearl farming industry. This will enhance the effectiveness of locally managed marine areas, integrated coastal management, and land and sea management programs, while also creating meaningful employment and income generating opportunities for communities involved in pearl farming. The Fiji Pearl Association (FPA) represents locally owned Pearling Companies in Fiji that have been acknowledged throughout the international jewelry sector, not only for the pr...[more]
The objective of this voluntary commitment is to display information on the Fijian Exclusive Economic Zone, reefs, mangroves, oil exploration sites and seismic activities on the VanuaGIS Oceans, a new version of Fijis National Web Mapping Application. The VanuaGIS is funded by the Fijian Government and administered by the Ministry of Lands and Mineral Resources to provide a centralized repository of public data linking Lands data with spatial information from other line agencies. Currently, the VanuaGIS for Land Utilization web mapping application enables authorized users to query for t...[more]