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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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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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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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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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A tree nursery has been offered to Bourail's secondary schools to thank them for their contribution in 2023

  • Article concerné: PERENNE, Protection and Restoration of Riparian Zones of the Nera

This year 2023, students from secondary schools Sacré Coeur and Louis Léopold Djet in Bourail have contributed to various projects on the theme of riparian vegetation:
- Enhancing riverside plant formations,
- Creation of explanatory materials on the riparian forest,
- Participation in the local Science Event.

A tree nursery has been offered to Bourail's secondary schools to thank them for their contribution in 2023 !

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Visit of the Navuso Agricultural Technical Institute with the Kiwa Initiative Secretariat and the French Development Agency

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

The POLFN team in Navuso was proud to welcome the Kiwa Initiative Secretariat and the French Development Agency on site ! This Organic Learning Farm will provide hands-on trainings and learning experiences for the surrounding communities. 

Thank you to all the POLFN members for their relentless involvment !

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Update for the Kiwa local project UA HUKA in French Polynesia

  • Article concerné: PROTECT UA HUKA, Development of the Ua Huka biodiversity protection program

Two of the agents from the Association Vaiku'a attended a training to improve their understanding of dog #biosecurity. This training helped the team to reinforce and improve dog training and biosecurity techniques. The training was held in New Zealand, within the Wildlife Contractors Ltd kennel.

This training was enabled thanks to the TENEUM French Office for Biodiversity fund and the Kiwa Initiative.

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Update of the Kiwa WISH+ project in the Solomon Islands !

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

What was the purpose of the baseline surveys in the area of Kolombangara, led by the Wildlife Conservation Society Solomon Islands ?

It provides insights on the influence of upstream management, including #NatureBasedSolutions, on downstream water quality, ecosystem condition, and public health.

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Update of the PEBACC+ project in Vanuatu after the cyclone Judy and Kevin

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

The tropical cyclone Judy and Kevin this year damaged the Lake Eweya on Tanna Island in Vanuatu, a major nursery area for the local fishes and mangroves. This lake is also one of the main sites for food source for local communities.

Mangrove rehabilitation will be planned in this area to mitigate all these major underlying issues.

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A co-design consultation talking about the integration of the WISH + project

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

A co-design consultation was held, discussing how the Kiwa WISH+ project was integrated for the next phase of the WISH project.

The consultation was held in Suva.

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The POLFN Call for first circle #farmers is extended for the Solomon Islands!

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

The POLFN Call for first circle #farmers is extended for the Solomon Islands!

Submit your Expression of Interest #EOI forms and supporting documents to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., before November 23rd 2023.

All the information are available here: https://urlz.fr/ouF0

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Experiments are underway on the small island of Pouh and Yan'Dagouet in New Caledonia

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

🏝️ Experiments are underway on the small island of Pouh and Yan'Dagouet in Province Nord, #New #Caledonia.

🎯The main objective is to closely monitor the devices set up to attract and boost hundreds of #stern #diamond #colonies.

✅Training on #seabird #colony monitoring has also been carried out by the Northern Province's nature rangers!

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Inception workshop for the second phase of the PEBACC+ project in Vanuatu

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

On the Inception Workshop of the second phase of the PEBACC+ project, key national stakeholders, such as the Vanuatu Department of Climate Change for shared their willigness to pursue the efforts on Ecosystem-based Adaptation and Nature-based Solutions to climate change.

"While we have disasters affecting us like the cyclone Lola, it gives us this opportunity to strengthen our collaboration and partnerships through ecosystem protection as a shield to our communities and islands from adverse impact of climate change and climate disaster," declared Mr. Mike Waiwai, Vanuatu Department of Climate Change Director.

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Job Opportunities with the MiCOAST Kiwa’s Regional Project!

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

🌿🌏 The MiCOAST Project coordinated by OneReef Worldwide Stewardship is looking for dynamic professionals to join their Regional Project Management Unit.

🚀The available positions include:
· Project Finance-Administration Officer: are you a numbers wizard with a passion for meticulous organization and thrive in a fast-paced environment? This role could be your perfect fit - Apply here: https://bit.ly/40ogOEI
· Communications Officer: if you are a creative thinker with a passion for effective communication and content creation - Apply here: https://bit.ly/3SIZb0L
· Gender, Equity, Disability and Social Inclusion (GEDSI) Specialist: join us in promoting inclusivity and equity in this project - Apply here: https://bit.ly/40ms4BA

📆 Deadline for Applications: Continuous, full consideration of applications guaranteed until December 4th 2023. Applications submitted thereafter shall be considered until the position is filled.

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Job Opportunities within Kiwa’s Regional Project WISH+

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

The Wildlife Conservation Society Wildlife Conservation Society is seeking a dynamic Regional Communications Specialist to join the team in #Suva, Fiji.
This role involves steering external communications and enhancing projects visibility for the WCS Melanesia programs, including the Kiwa #WISH+ project.

🚀 You will fit if you possess:

- A minimum 5 years’ work experience in communications field.
- Experience in leading campaigns, designing and preparing written materials.
- Managed multiple social media.
- Outstanding public speaking skills.
- Familiarity with graphic design and impact monitoring.
- Excellent communication skills in English to international standards.
- Willingness to travel in remote locations, have excellent problem solving skills and be flexible to changing conditions.

📆 Application Deadline: November 17th 2023.

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NZ Filmmakers are creating a movie, featuring the local project “Restoring mangroves for livelihoods in Fiji

  • Article concerné: Restoring mangroves for livelihoods in Fiji

The real stories from this local project are part of a Climate Change series, using several projects financed thanks to the New Zeland government.

The stories on the ground from the local community will be used to illustrate the project advancements in Raviravi village in Macuata, Vanua Levu, Fiji. A project lead by C3.

This project was made possible with a team of New Zealand filmmakers (Dioscuri NZ), along with the IUCN team.

Thank you for the involvment of the C3 team and the cooperation of the community of Raviravi village !

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Resilience in the face of cyclones: testimony of a Kiwa on-grantee

  • Article concerné: Empowering community resilience through reforestation and coral reef restoration in Vanuatu

In the wake of the recent tropical cyclone Lola in Vanuatu, the Southern and Southeast regions of Malekula, as well as other islands including Epi, Paama, Ambrym and Pentecost, experienced devastating impacts. These areas were categorized as “priority 1” for urgent government humanitarian response. Countless homes, gardens, farms, infrastructure, and schools suffered severe damage.

Even our local Kiwa project run by LAMACCA has not been spared, they find strength in resilience.

“Our LAMACCA Kiwa Office, along with all project equipment and materials, remained safe. LAMACCA's training hall and other community centers opened their doors as evacuation shelters. While the cyclone has moved on, some of our fellow community members still seek refuge in these centers due to their severely damaged homes. Fortunately, there have been no casualties reported at this time. We stand united, ready to recover, rebuild, and adapt. This is not our first encounter with cyclones, and it won’t be our last. We thank the Kiwa Initiative and IUCN Oceania team for the support and concern”, says Peter, the LAMACCA project leader and coordinator for the Kiwa project.

At the Kiwa Initiative®, we take pride in cultivating climate-resilient communities and facing the challenges of climate change head-on.
We extend our best wishes to all the communities in Vanuatu, particularly the LAMACCA team, collaborating with other organizations and mobilizing to work alongside provincial and national government agencies in recovery efforts.

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Dr. Stacy Jupiter was in Berlin for the World Health Summit

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

Dr. Stacy Jupiter was in Berlin for the World Health Summit, where she introduced the Kiwa Wish+ project scaling across Melanesia.

The Kiwa Wish+ project takes place in Fiji, Papua New Guinea, and the Solomon Islands and is coordinated by The Wildlife Conservation Society.

Watch her full presentation here: https://youtu.be/zvCQcQ96bss?t=346

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