Biodiversity Conservation workshop participants after receiving their certificates from the RESCCUE Fiji Project Coordinator Dr Isoa Korovulavula
A workshop on Biodiversity Conservation and Protected Area Management for the Ra province by The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Institute of Applied Sciences (IAS) Restoration of Ecosystem Services against Climate Change (RESCCUE) Fiji Project turned out to be a success.
The training took place from 27-31 August 2018 at the Forestry Training Centre of the Ministry of Forests in Colo-i-Suva and was attended by eight (8) members from the Nababa and Nalawa districts.
As part of the Ra Integrated Coastal Management (ICM) plan, this capacity-building and awareness training aimed to capacitate and equip communities in Ra with relevant knowledge and skills in promoting ecosystem based approaches to climate change adaptation.
Participants were taken through topics related to the types of biodiversity and their significance to protected area management and governance; traditional knowledge and culture and their link to biodiversity.
In his address to the participants, Dr Isoa Korovulavula, RESCCUE Fiji Project Coordinator said that the Province of Ra has shown exceptional response to the work that the RESCCUE project is offering to communities.
The fighting spirit in the community post Tropical Cyclone Winston was evident through the daily sharing and reflection by participants in the week-long training.
According to the participants, the overall response to the delivery of the course was good to excellent.
“This training has given me relevant knowledge and a better understanding of protected area management and governance,” said Mr Jale Masibalavu, the Burenitu Yaubula Committee Chairman.
He added that they were ready to deliver what they have learnt to their respective communities when they return home.
Another participant, Mr Nemani Nadamu from Rokovuaka village stated that he was lucky to be part of this important training.
“I feel equipped with comprehensive understanding of different biodiversity types and their significance,” he said.
RESCCUE Fiji is funded by the French Development Agency (AFD) and the French Global Environment Facility (FFEM) and coordinated by IAS and supported by Landcare Research New Zealand, Wildlife Conservation Society, Conservation International and Fiji Environment Law Association.
Its overall goal is to contribute to increasing the resilience of Pacific Island Countries and Territories in the context of global climatic and environmental changes.
RESCCUE aims to support adaptation to climate change through the development and implementation of Integrated Coastal Management, resorting especially to economic analysis and economic and financial mechanisms.
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