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WISH+ to address Water-Related Disease Risks, Climate Resilience and Biodiversity

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WISH+ to address   Water-Related Disease Risks, Climate Resilience and Biodiversity
(October 13, 2022) Through systems health and Nature-based Solutions approaches, the Watershed Interventions for  Systems Health Plus (WISH+) project, funded under the Kiwa Initiative, will deliver co-benefits for  climate resilience, biodiversity and human health and well-being.   More than 3,000 Fijians will benefit from improved watershed management under the Watershed Interventions  for Systems Health Plus (WISH+) project, which was launched today at the Holiday Inn in Suva.  ...

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WISH Fiji Reduces Water-Related Disease Risk; Facilitates Access to Cleaner Water

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WISH Fiji Reduces Water-Related Disease Risk; Facilitates Access to Cleaner Water
(October 12, 2022) Through a systems approach to watershed management, the Watershed Interventions for Systems Health in Fiji (WISH Fiji) project has provided access to cleaner quality water for over 5,000 residents and has helped reduce the risk of water-related disease in 29 communities across five watersheds in Fiji.   Over the past four years, the WISH Fiji project has worked to transform environmental and public health action from reactive to preventative, while improving systems health of coastal ...

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Vatu-i-Ra Conservation Park’s monitoring and surveillance strengthened with support from WCS and IUCN

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Vatu-i-Ra Conservation Park’s monitoring and surveillance strengthened with support from WCS and IUCN
(June 02, 2022)   -   The coastal communities of the Nakorotubu District in Ra Province now have ten fish wardens and a patrol boat to help monitor and safeguard Fiji’s largest conservation park, established as a partnership between local communities and tourism operators.   

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Traditional leaders of Ovalau launch an island-scale plan to manage resources sustainably

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Traditional leaders of Ovalau launch an island-scale plan to manage resources sustainably
(May 27, 2022)   -   With support from WCS, an entire island, with a population of about 9,000, has come together to commit to an integrated approach of natural resource management where the cumulative impact of human activities will be managed with the aim of balancing sustainable development with biodiversity protection.

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Tropical cyclone Winston damages coral reef habitat but spares most fish species

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Tropical cyclone Winston damages coral reef habitat but spares most fish species
(April 15, 2021) Tropical cyclones are one of the most destructive natural disturbances to coral reef ecosystems. Severe cyclones can have serious implications for the food availability, security and income of coastal communities in tropical regions. A study titled “Responses of benthic habitat and fish to severe tropical cyclone Winston in Fiji” has revealed that despite the large amount of damage caused to corals, minimal impacts were observed on fish communities. The study by researchers from Cur...

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Renewing Partnership to Enhance Conservation Efforts in the Country

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(April 12, 2021) The iTaukei Land Trust Board (TLTB) has renewed its partnership with Wildlife Conservation Society’s Fiji Country Program (WCS Fiji) in an effort to enhance natural resource management, working closely with communities in Fiji. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was recently signed between WCS Fiji and the iTaukei Land Trust Board. The agreement signifies the commitment of the two organizations to sustainably manage and protect Fiji’s precious biodiversity and terrestrial natural re...

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WCS strengthens partnership with Ministry of Agriculture

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WCS strengthens partnership with Ministry of Agriculture
(March 18, 2021) On 17 March 2021, the Wildlife Conservation Society Fiji Country Program (WCS Fiji) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Agriculture to collectively advance and promote the sustainable agricultural practices and wise land-use planning as integral components of social and economic development in Fiji. The agreement was signed by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, Ritesh Dass and the WCS Fiji Country Program Director Dr Sangeeta Mangubhai at the Ministry o...

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Women must be counted

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Women must be counted
(March 03, 2021) -Study finds that counting women fishers’ contributions is critical to sustainable fisheries management -Addressing gaps in accounting on these contributions is crucial to meeting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals-A largely Fijian research team published core findings on women in fisheries in Fiji, within Ocean and Coastal Management Ocean and Coastal Management in Women’s History MonthWomen fishing. ©Sangeeta Mangubhai/WCS A new study highligh...

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WISH Fiji prepares MoHMS staff for water quality assessment post-TC Yasa

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(February 03, 2021) Access to clean drinking water is critical to public health. Natural disasters such as flooding and cyclones often reduce the ​quality of drinking water. Heavy rain and flooding can cause contamination of water from livestock waste, human sewage, harmful chemicals and fertilisers. Once contaminated, drinking water can become a hazard to human health and efficiently transmit deadly waterborne diseases such as typhoid fever and leptospirosis, and also cause diarrhea. Standing water that ...

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New dam and collection box to improve water quality and supply in Bureta

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New dam and collection box to improve water quality and supply in Bureta
(February 01, 2021) A newly constructed dam in Bureta District in Ovalau Island in the Province of Lomaiviti will improve the quality and supply of water for at least 350 people. The new dam will serve fresh water to three villages, a settlement, the Bureta Airstrip, the local health center and a primary school. For past three years, the water supplied from an existing old dam that served the villages through the reservoir was insufficient. This was mainly due to a leakage in the dam and the use of single distribut...

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