Momentum rolls on with Fiji's national biodiversity plan

21 March 2013 | Article

National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) are the principal instruments for implementing the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) at the national level and in the past few months IUCN has been supporting the Fiji Government, an IUCN State Member, to review its existing NBSAP Implementation Framework (2010 - 2014).

Fiji became part of the CBD at the Earth Summit held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, pledging its support to help halt the continuing decline of global biodiversity. In 2003, Fiji's NBSAP was endorsed by Cabinet and later in 2009 an implementation framework was developed and agreed by all stakeholders as a framework that will direct conservation efforts for the next five years. In 2010 two review processes were undertaken to monitor the progress of implementation and also to revise activity priorities. IUCN Oceania has continued to strongly support the development of Fiji's NBSAP through its role as Chairman of the Pacific Islands Roundtable for Nature Conservation (PIRT) (held by Taholo Kami, the Regional Director for IUCN Oceania).

Fiji's efforts to update its NBSAP and develop an Implementation Framework are commendable as most countries in the Pacific Islands are still yet to follow suit.

At the beginning of 2013, the Fiji Government initiated a process to again review its NBSAP Implementation Framework. IUCN Oceania has been supporting this process by providing advice on partnerships, direction and implementation procedures.

Etika Rupeni, IUCN Oceania's Regional Coordinator for the PIRT speaks about his experience in being part of the team that reviewed Fiji's NBSAP in 2010 and the current review for the Implementation Framework.