Focus on the WISH + regional project
WISH+, the third regional project of the Kiwa Initiative, is implemented by Wildlife Conservation Society - WCS Melanesia and aims to integrate watershed management at key sites in Fiji, Solomon Islands, and Papua New Guinea, while developing large-scale financing mechanisms with the goal of generating co-benefits for humans and ecosystems.
Melanesia is globally recognized for its exceptional biodiversity and high levels of endemism. However, it is also extremely vulnerable to the negative impacts of climate change, including sea level rise, extreme precipitation, drought and temperature changes.
Each territory has its own unique characteristics:
- In Fiji, native forests are distinguished by high levels of endemism, but are experienced continued degradation in small coastal watersheds.
- Solomon Islands have experienced intensive logging since the 1990s, which has resulted in social impacts as well as impacts to water quality and downstream resources.
- Papua New Guinea experienced a 15% net loss of forests between 1972 and 2002, and 8.8% of forests were degraded (Shearman et al. 2009).
What are the objectives of the project? The details of each component? The solutions that will be implemented? The expected results? Check out the latest publications on the Project News of the Implementing integrated watershed management for biodiversity, climate resilience and human health co-benefits into the Pacific communities - Kiwa Initiative and meet very soon the team members of this great project!