To strengthen the resilience of remote coastal communities through diversifying sustainable livelihoods and raising climate change awareness
Fiji faces a host of risks to its communities and natural ecosystems from current and future climate change. These risks include more frequent extreme weather events, ocean acidification, and sea level rise. In Macuata province, many families are wholly dependent on fisheries for their livelihood. Macuata’s current challenges, such as population pressures, overfishing, pollution, and habitat destruction, will be compounded by climate change impacts. For example, ocean acidification and more severe
droughts will further deplete fish stocks.
This project helps the people of Macuata diversify their livelihoods and reduce unsustainable activities such as overfishing and other destructive fishing practices. The project provides the necessary training and capacity building to introduce livelihoods options that are appropriate for the local culture, particularly for women.
Based on assessments of the unique strengths and needs of each site, alternative business enterprises -- e.g. sandalwood production and beekeeping -- will be introduced for each community. The project is partnering with the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forest to provide ongoing support to communities to help them pursue sustainable livelihood options. By reducing communities’ reliance on fishing, the project will reduce the target population’s current vulnerability to climate change impacts and contribute to the sustainable management of marine resources. At the same time, an awareness campaign will enhance coastal communities’ understanding of the impacts of climate change.
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