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Fiji's first community-led sea cucumber management plan launched in Natuvu village

(September 03, 2020) The sea cucumber fishery is an important source of income for the people of Natuvu village in the District of Wailevu in Cakaudrove Province on Vanua Levu. Of the 30 sea cucumber species present in Fiji, 14 are most valuable to the fishers of Natuvu. However, the rapidly declining fishery and its inconsistent prices have concerned the villagers over time. Therefore, to ensure the continuity of their livelihood for generations, the people of Natuvu village have committed to putting the right man...

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4 WISH Fiji staff pioneer FNU’s degree by research

(July 30, 2020) Four staff with the Watershed Interventions for Systems Health in Fiji (WISH Fiji) project are among the pioneers to undertake a Higher Education Degree by Research (HDR) at the Fiji National University (FNU). FNU’s College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences (CMNHS) officially launched its HDR programme in July this year. As part of the capacity building and development program, the staff are awarded the scholarship through WISH Fiji project funded by Australian Government Departme...

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WISH Fiji joins Health Ministry in fight against 'LTDD' in Fiji

(May 28, 2020) The staff of Watershed Interventions for Systems Health in Fiji (WISH Fiji) project joined the Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MoHMS) to clean the premises of St. Giles Hospital in Reservoir Road, Suva, yesterday.                                                                               ...

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Strong sharing networks can help communities rebound from crises

(May 17, 2020) Of the top five countries in the world most at risk to disasters, three are Pacific Island nations. Yet, Pacific Islanders time and again exhibit marked abilities to quickly recover. Part of the reason may be due to strong social networks that help to distribute resources to those most in need. A new study published in the journal Coastal Management by researchers from the University of Hawaiʿi, National Geographic Society and the Wildlife Conservation Society has found that sharing is stronger ...

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Baseline data helping to identify priority issues in five sub-catchments in Fiji

(March 11, 2020) Outbreaks of waterborne diseases such as dengue fever, typhoid and leptospirosis are common in Fiji. Since 2005, there has been at least 20 reported cases of typhoid, a 27,000 case dengue outbreak between 2013 to 2014 and a three-fold increase in leptospirosis cases since Tropical Cyclone Winston in 2016. The Watershed Interventions for System Health in Fiji (WISH Fiji) project is helping to better understand drivers of these diseases within Fiji’s watersheds, and working with local commun...

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Making the invisible, visible: women fishers in Fiji

(March 09, 2020) Women play a myriad of roles on a daily basis, taking care of family, performing domestic duties, financially and emotionally supporting the household, contributing to professional sectors, building community and supporting the national economy.  In Fiji, women in coastal communities have engaged in the fisheries sector for decades. Their contributions towards household and economy, however, have often been undervalued. A national report on ‘The critical contribution of women fis...

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WCS- Fiji Director discusses gender equity and social inclusion at the International Symposium Fisheries Sustainability in Rome

(November 20, 2019) “There is a growing interest in ensuring that the approaches used in fisheries and conservation, incorporate gender equity and social inclusion to ensure outcomes are fair, just and sustainable.” Speaking as a panelist at a Session at the 2019 FAO International Symposium on Fisheries Sustainability in Rome, the Wildlife Conservation Society, Fiji Country Program Director, Dr. Sangeeta Mangubhai shared her views on how gender and social inclusion could enhance food security and biodiv...

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Besides Hot Water, Coral Bleaching Also About Location, Location, Location

(October 03, 2019) As conservationists grapple with unprecedented levels of coral reef bleaching in the world’s warming oceans, scientists in the Indian and Pacific Oceans used the most recent El Nino of 2016 (the warmest year on record) to evaluate the role of excess heat as the leading driver of coral bleaching. A study titled “Temperature patterns and mechanisms influencing coral bleaching during the 2016 El Niño” has revealed that coral bleaching is not only a result of heat stress but...

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Kusima mada is now available for purchase

(August 19, 2019) We are delighted to announce that Kusima Mada - Fiji's very own sustainable seafood cookbook is now available for purchase from the Wildlife Conservation Society. The cookbook has over 80 original, healthy, mouthwatering recipes and beautiful pictures celebrating the role of women in fisheries sector.You may book your copy with us today. Email us at infofiji@wcs.org or call on +679 3315174

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Kusima mada, Fiji's first sustainable cookbook launched

Kusima mada, Fiji's first sustainable cookbook launched
(July 08, 2019) On Tuesday, 25 June 2019, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) launched a first of its kind cookbook in Fiji, Kusima Mada, designed to promote sustainable seafood.The launch was officiated by the Honourable Minister for Fisheries, Mr Semi Koroilavesau at Governor’s Restaurant in Knolly Street, Suva. The cookbook was written in collaboration with Australian Chef, Jason Allport, who designed original mouthwatering recipes using a range of locally-sourced seafood and produce. Only species ...

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