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Interview of Francisca Sohl, from the MiCOAST Regional project

  • Article concerné: MiCOAST, Micronesian Community-based Fisheries Management as a Nature-based Solution for COASTal Resilience

In this video, meet Francisca Sohl Obispo, a remarkable force driving change in the coastal communities. She works for the Conservation Society of Pohnpei #CSP, for the Kiwa MiCOAST project in Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia #FSM.

Her testimony on the pivotal #role of #women in #community dynamics, particularly in relation to #tradition and #leadership, offers invaluable perspectives on fostering #GEDSI.

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Interview of Andy George from the MiCOAST Regional project

  • Article concerné: MiCOAST, Micronesian Community-based Fisheries Management as a Nature-based Solution for COASTal Resilience

🔍 The Kiwa #MiCOAST regional project, meaning “Micronesian Community-based Fisheries Management as NbS for Coastal Resilience”, and held by OneReef with partners across Palau, Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, and Nauru, will help coastal communities' lives by empowering local people.

🎥 In this video, we dive into the urgent issue of declining fisheries resources with Andy George, Executive Director of Kosrae Conservation and Safety Organization, a partner of the Kiwa MiCOAST project in Kosrae (Federated States of Micronesia). Andy emphasized the need to expand marine survey efforts beyond the inner reefs and introduce livelihood activities to address food security matters in Kosrae.

🌟 Click the link below to watch the full video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cb-H9VNrlRM

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The power of sustainable fisheries management in the Pacific

  • Article concerné: MiCOAST, Micronesian Community-based Fisheries Management as a Nature-based Solution for COASTal Resilience

This month, the regional Workshop on hashtag#Scalingup Community based fisheries management CBFM in the Pacific, organized by the Pacific Community-SPC in Nadi, Fiji, brought stakeholders together to address this critical issue. For Kiwa MiCOAST, this was an opportunity to align with regional policies and contribute to sustainable fisheries management.

Despite efforts by governments, NGOs, and communities, coastal resources in the Pacific continue to decline under increasing pressures. However, a bold strategy aims to reach all Pacific communities to establish sustainable community management systems. While implementation varies by country, key components include strategic communication, policies empowering communities, and effective monitoring systems.

In Micronesia, the Kiwa MiCOAST project, in collaboration with key partners - OneReef Micronesia, Kosrae Conservation and Safety Organization KCSO, Conservation Society of Pohnpei CSP, Marshall Islands Conservation Society MICS, Nauru Fisheries and Marine Resources Authority NFMRA, Cchange, and RARE - seeks to empower local communities drive and play a stronger role in of coastal fisheries management.

Interactions during this meeting have facilitated closer connections with other projects and identified concrete strategies to significantly improve fisheries management in Micronesia. Moreover, it provided a platform to represent and amplify local community concerns at the Pacific level.

➡️To learn more about the Kiwa MiCOAST project, visit our website: https://urlz.fr/okpB

➡️For additional information on the workshop, visit Echoes of Oceania: https://urlz.fr/qLL2

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From left to right: Andy George (KCSO), Zelnick Moses (U municipality, Pohnpei), Dua Rudolph (MICS), Wayne Andrew (OneReef), Eugene Joseph (CSP), Mike Guilbeaux (OneReef), Being Yeeting (NFMRA) and Raynard Warren (Sokeh municipality, Pohnpei).

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TNYC is fighting back climate change with NbS practices

  • Article concerné: Empowering youth in biodiversity management and conservation in Tonga

TNYC conducted ecosystem protection activities at Lokupo, Ano Hehea, Mo'ungalafa, and Sopu reef conservation sites. Activities included poaching prevention, data collection, invasive species removal, species surveys, collaboration with authorities, youth projects, habitat restoration, and rubbish collection.


The project engages local communities to foster environmental ownership and promote the value of nature. Embracing Nature-based Solutions (NbS) aims for a harmonious coexistence of humans and nature, with everyone taking responsibility for environmental stewardship.

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Arthur Mills' Success Story

  • Article concerné: POLFN, An organic learning farm network to build the climate resilience of smallholder producers in the Pacific

Arthur and Karen Mills have created an organic learning farm centre under the Pacific Organic Learning Farms Network (POLFN) Project implemented by the Pacific Organic and Ethical Trade Community at the Pacific Community (SPC).

In this article, Arthur explains how he used to suffer from weight gain, pre-diabetes, and rising blood pressure. Since he radically changed his nutrition habits and lifestyle thanks to the organic foods on the Mudrenicagi organic farm in 2014, Arthur and his partner Karen attest to the amazing health benefits of organic foods.

Learn more: https://urlz.fr/qpmQ

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Water testing in Fiji to ensure safe water access in Bureta (Ovalau)

  • Article concerné: WISH +, Implementing integrated watershed management for biodiversity, climate resilience and human health co-benefits into the Pacific communities

WCS-Fiji team was in Bureta (Ovalau) - Fiji - to implement the Kiwa WISH+ project on teh ground. The team is currently conducting water testing and facilitating the development of Water and Sanitation Safety Plans (WSSP) to ensure clean and safe water access.

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Watch the interview of Wayne Andrew from the Kiwa MiCOAST project !

  • Article concerné: MiCOAST, Micronesian Community-based Fisheries Management as a Nature-based Solution for COASTal Resilience

🎥 In this video, Wayne Andrew, Director of OneReef Micronesia based in Palau, shares a testimony on community efforts in Micronesia. 🏝️When we asked him “Why is the MiCOAST Project important to communities in Micronesia?” he highlighted pressing issues like overfishing and climate change concerns impacting Micronesian coastal waters.

🌟 Watch the full interview in this video: https://youtu.be/qX0pjrer144

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Official meeting with local representatives in New Caledonia with the PEBACC+ project

  • Article concerné: PEBACC +, Scaling-up Ecosystem-based Adaptation to climate change in the Pacific Islands

Representatives of South Province in New Caledonia, the Cities of Nouméa and Mont Dore, the Government and the Gladys Network visited demonstrations sites for the Pacific Ecosystem-based Adaptation to Climate Change Plus #PEBACC+ Project in New Caledonia.

The sites (historically reclaimed) show coastline erosion due to the degradation of coastal ecosystems such as reefs, coastal vegetation, increased extreme weather and sea level rise is caused by climate change, etc. The project is looking at how these affects communities and identifying appropriate intervention options. It is exploring coastal vegetation restoration by reintroducing strong roots coastal tree species combined with temporary and community-accessible infrastructures to respond to this impact.

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Back to Ganā atoll projects' in progress

  • Article concerné: ARU KOMO, preservation of the water resource on the Anaa atoll

Here are a few progress reports on our current projects:

  • The president of the Pu Tahi Haga No Ganaa association visited Teamo and Martine to prepare the cultivation pit for planting tubers.
  • As the transport vehicle used for watering had broken down, alternative solutions were found to transport water from the association's office to the ZPC.

This project is funded by the OFB and the Kiwa Initiative, with a view to reappropriating the ancestral horticultural techniques that enabled Polynesian ancestors to live self-sufficiently on their atoll. The issue of food security remains a topical one, reinforced by the stakes and challenges posed by global warming.

The Pu Tahi Haga No Ganaa association would like to thank Martine and Teamo for their involvement in this project.

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Climate resilience in the Pacific thanks to young people and vulnerable groups in Niue

  • Article concerné: Advancing NbS with Youth and Vulnerable Groups in Niue

🌊 Our Kiwa local project in Niue empowers youth and vulnerable groups to build climate resilience in Niue 🐋

Oma Tafua, meaning “to treasure whales”, marks 20 years of dedicated whale research and conservation in hashtag#Niue. This NGO leads the Kiwa local project “Advancing NbS with Youth and Vulnerable Groups in Niue”.

🌍 Marine mammals are crucial to Niue’s tourism. Enhanced protection and data collection are vital. Recent achievements include documenting 70+ humpback hashtag#whales and recording a Niue whale in Panama, the longest distance recorded for a Niue whale!

➡️Read the IUCN article to learn more about recent achievements of Oma Tafua: https://www.iucn.org/story/202403/oma-tafua-celebrates-20-years-whale-research-and-conservation-success

 

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Tonga Organic Sector Pushes for Gender Equality in Agriculture

  • Article concerné: POLFN, An organic learning farm network to build the climate resilience of smallholder producers in the Pacific

The Mahuleva Organic Learning Farm Centre in Tonga celebrated International Women's Day on March 8, by hosting a dialogue centered around gender inequality in Tonga's agricultural sector.

The dialogue served as a platform for the government to gain valuable insight into the challenges faced by women in farming on the ground, encouraging fruitful exchanges and discussions on how to address these pressing issues.

“In Tongan society, women are traditionally revered as the "queens" of the family and not typically involved in farming, unlike broader practices in the Pacific and globally. Despite this cultural norm, women are increasingly engaging in agriculture. Even though that is our cultural way of living, we support these women in our community, and I hope all communities support them, too..”, said Sio Tuiano, a community representative from Kolomotu‘a on Tongatapu.

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Discussions with our beneficiary communities to measure indicators of well-being and social adaptability

  • Article concerné: WISH +, Implementing integrated watershed management for biodiversity, climate resilience and human health co-benefits into the Pacific communities
  • Icone dans le carrousel: Calendrier

Our Kiwa WISH+ team in Manus, PNG, is out in the field to carry out focal group discussions with women and men of our beneficiary communities using questionnaires designed to measure indicators of well-being and social adaptive capacity. The same surveys will be repeated at the end of the project to assess the impact of our watershed interventions on human well-being!

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Request for tenders for #PEBACC+ project: Provision of Technical Training on Agroforestry/Agroecology for Taveuni Farmers

  • Article concerné: PEBACC +, Scaling-up Ecosystem-based Adaptation to climate change in the Pacific Islands

The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) wishes to call for tenders from qualified and experienced #technical #trainers that can offer their expertise and undertake a series of continued capacity building programs to #farmers on #Taveuni Island, #Fiji, for the #PEBACC+ project held under the Kiwa Initiative.

In Fiji, the PEBACC+ project will support the strengthening of Agroforestry initiatives as an option to EBA approaches. The Master Plan document high-lights a few EbA actions critical to Taveuni (some of which are site specific depending on the threat levels encountered) which includes:

1️⃣ Training on agricultural improvement and diversification by conducting science-based field trials for diversified crop systems with goals of improving soil fertility and crop diversification,
2️⃣ Training on the establishment of agroforestry systems and implementation guidance to landowner (including leaseholders in formal and informal settlements),
3️⃣ Implementing diversified long- and short-term income alternatives, food security and land erosion protection,
4️⃣ Rehabilitating of reclaimed leased lands for agroforestry and high-value plantation,
5️⃣ Rehabilitating upper elevation farms with diversified crops (agroforestry plantation),
6️⃣ Develop agroforestry options in lower elevation working farms.

➡️ Information and attachments online: https://lnkd.in/eju2nChA

Qualified consortia and organisations are encouraged to apply.

➡️ The due date for submission of the tender is: 15 March 2024 midnight (Apia, Samoa local time).

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Factsheet on our #PEBACC+ regional project

  • Article concerné: PEBACC +, Scaling-up Ecosystem-based Adaptation to climate change in the Pacific Islands

The regional #PEBACC+ project supported by Kiwa Initiative and Fonds français pour l'environnement mondial (FFEM) aims to:

  • Strengthen the resilience of ecosystems, economies and populations,
  • Promote the #EbA Ecosystem-based Adaptation and #NbS Nature-based Solutions approach,
  • Foster regional cooperation between #PICTs.

➡️To learn more about the project, download the project factsheet here: https://urlz.fr/pEoK

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Visit to the PEBACC+ project in Kouaoua

  • Article concerné: PEBACC +, Scaling-up Ecosystem-based Adaptation to climate change in the Pacific Islands

The PEBACC+ team in New Caledonia met with local communities in Kouaoua to identify climate change impacts and appropriate ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) options.

After three participatory workshops held between November 2023 and January 2024, the priority topics selected are:

  • water security and quality for freshwater supply
  • habitat for key species
  • subsistence agriculture
  • bushfire management
  • invasive species management
  • agroforestry capacity building.

These activities are being carried out as part of the Pacific Ecosystem-Based Adaptation to Climate Change project #PEBACC+.

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Emosi Cagi, POLFN's Country Coordinator in Fiji, was on the radio to talk about the project

  • Article concerné: POLFN, An organic learning farm network to build the climate resilience of smallholder producers in the Pacific

The POLFN project is making significant strides in promoting organic farming across #Tonga, #Fiji, the #Solomon Islands, and #Nauru.

Emosi Cagi, POLFN's country coordinator in Fiji, recently shared insights on Gold Fiji FM about the project's four major components:


1. Establishing organic learning farms in the #Pacific
2. Recruiting 100 farmers to adopt #organic farming methodologies
3. Developing #market mechanisms to bridge agricultural production and business
4. Facilitating knowledge #exchange through farmer-to-farmer reviews

Market access remains a #challenge for Fijian farmers transitioning to organic farming. By leveraging the POLFN farming network, #farmers gain consistency and reliability in production, crucial for establishing long-term #business relationships.

Currently, 75 members, including 31 farms in Fiji, are registered with the POETcom network across the Pacific region.

Organic farming not only revitalizes #traditional #practices but also fosters #healthier #environments and #communities by eliminating the use of pesticides and insecticides.

📺 Watch Emosi Cagi's insightful interview here: https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?extid=CL-UNK-UNK-UNK-IOS_GK0T-GK1C&mibextid=v7YzmG&ref=watch_permalink&v=738265524911112

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LMMA Consultation journey

  • Article concerné: Using customary law for fisheries and marine ecosystem restoration in Timor-Leste

As the LMMA Consultation journey kicked off in Ilimano last year, the communities stressed the importance of incorporating an octopus closure due to the significant number of gleaners in the area.
Currently, BV is facilitating fishers, gleaners, and local communities to delve into this ingenious concept set to unfold in Behedan. The community is happy to collaborate on this consultation process.

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A captivating documentary by Wildlife Conservation Society-Fiji on #integrated #watershed #management in Fiji

  • Article concerné: WISH +, Implementing integrated watershed management for biodiversity, climate resilience and human health co-benefits into the Pacific communities
  • Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMcNOVfegBc

The documentary "Mai na Uluniwai kina Tubiniwai: Working together for our health and nature", which presents the WISH approach, encourages the adoption of best practices in Integrated Watershed Management and aims to
to encourage the replication of this approach by others, throughout the Pacific and Oceania region.

You will discover how #scientific #studies measure #water #quality and how #educational #approaches explain the #impacts of #human #activities on #water, #food and #human #health. Share the enthusiasm of the local #communities involved in the project and the strengthening of their capacities in new water resource management practices, and witness the extremely encouraging first results of the actions by Wildlife Conservation Society-Fiji !

Dr Stacy Jupiter shares her vision: "This is an exciting pilot project, we've had resources to work with communities and governments to be able to carry out all these different types of actions in watersheds to improve environmental and human health. For longer-term success, we'll need more funding. It takes a long time to be able to change and have an impact. (...) It's not something one group can do alone."

🎥 Watch the full documentary here : https://lnkd.in/g-dKzUdg

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Monitoring devices to attract and boost diamond tern colonies

  • Article concerné: SARA, Safeguarding, Restoration and Adaptation of Seabird Colonies and Associated Ecosystem Services

Thanks to the monitoring of devices set up to attract and stimulate diamond tern colonies, surprising results have been observed on the Yan'Dagouet islet (Koumac city, New Caledonia):
While the teams were expecting to see diamond terns, it was actually roseate and crested terns that bred near the decoys and under the protection of the masts.

The rangers of the Northern Province remind us that the islet is closed to the public to respect the breeding cycle of the tern colonies.

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Kiwa #MiCOAST Regional Project Takes Off in Micronesia

  • Article concerné: MiCOAST, Micronesian Community-based Fisheries Management as a Nature-based Solution for COASTal Resilience

A groundbreaking step towards safeguarding coastal fisheries in Micronesia just took place! The kick-off meeting of the Kiwa Initiative's #MiCOAST Regional Project, held from January 22-26, 2024, in #Pohnpei (Federated States of #Micronesia) and co-hosted by the Conservation Society of Pohnpei and OneReef Worldwide Stewardship, was a hub of dynamic discussions, collaboration, and knowledge-sharing among the different stakeholders of this project.

Noteworthy participants included various organizations and agencies from the region, such as the Marshall Islands Conservation Society, Kosrae Conservation and Safety Organization, Rare, cCHANGE, the Nauru Fisheries and Marine Resources Authority, The Pacific Community-SPC, and other national, state, and local government entities, along with traditional representatives.

The event saw the presence of esteemed figures like T.H. Stevenson A. Joseph, Governor of Pohnpei, and H.E. Jo Cowley, Ambassador of Australia to the FSM, alongside influential traditional leaders and representatives from natural resource management, government sectors, and local communities. Their invaluable contributions underscored the significance of collaborative endeavors and the active involvement of #coastal #communities in achieving sustainable coastal #fisheries #management in Micronesia.

Stay tuned for exciting developments, and click here to read the press release: https://urlz.fr/puOB

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Tree planting session with the rangers

  • Article concerné: Building coastal resilience / Dune ecosystem in Fiji

The Park Rangers got together with their families and youths for a tree planting session at the park, to kickstart the year on a positive note and set a rhythm.

The team headed to the Driodrio Forest, where the actual tree planting happened. The rangers had pre-dug the planting holes to make the planting easier. The holes were dug along the planting lines that were cut into the grassland connected to the Driodrio Forest the week before.

Ranger Ranadi organised the event: “This is our way of saying we are still very much committed to protecting Mother Nature and it also gives us a chance to get our young ones to come do some good work in the park before they head back to school.”

The Kiwa Initiative climate change adaptation and resilience project started in 2022.

More tree planting sessions are planned for the park this year.

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