Building coastal resilience / Dune ecosystem in Fiji
The Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park hosted the "Heritage In Young Hands" program
19 May 2023
@ Kiwa Initiative
The Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park hosted the Park’s Heritage In Young Hands Program. The program has been resumed thanks to the great support from the Shangrila’s Yanuca Island, Fiji, the #KiwaInitiative and the National Trust of Fiji.
The program kickstarted with its first 3-day EcoCamp that was held from 9-11 May. 31 students from the Sigatoka region participated in the EcoCamp, which took them on an exploratory environmental education journey. They learned about heritage conservation, civic pride, stewardship, activism and volunteerism. The national park and the broader Sigatoka region, became an outdoor learning classroom.
The children enjoyed the program and took home with them many important eco-lessons to share with family and friends. This is the start of a five-year program "Heritage In Young Hands".
The next EcoCamp will take place during the Term 2 holidays.
Workshop at the national park office in Sigatoka
25 January 2023
@ Kiwa Initiative
Through a two-day workshop held at the national park office in Sigatoka, discussions were to help promote and build coastal resilience, forest restoration, and invasive management actions, with the relevant stakeholders.
“The workshop connects us to the community strongly because it enables us mitigate the impacts of climate change on the dunes and work in unity with the community towards the fight against climate change,” Mr Tutani said.
Read the full article: https://fijisun.com.fj/2023/01/22/protect-and-preserve-sigatoka-sand-dunes/
Coastal resilience / Dune ecosystem
National Trust of Fiji
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This project implemented by the National Trust of Fiji builds community climate resilience through sustainably managing the Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park, which is part of the Sigatoka Sand Dunes ecosystem.
This project will develop forest restoration sites around the National Park, managed by communities and Park staff, and demonstrating tangible nature based solutions such as agroforestry, invasives management, and avoided degradation. These demonstration sites will form the platform for a network of community learning activities, including ethnobotany, building waste management and compost projects. These empowered community networks in climate resilience actions have the opportunity to demonstrate a best practice model for protected area, conservation, agricultural and cultural processes in peri-urban Fiji.
Project objectives ?
- Strengthen the climate resilience of the Sigatoka Sand Dunes ecosystem through establishing 3 forest restoration demonstration areas, achieving 80% community engagement in agroforestry, and reducing the spread of 5 key identified invasive species throughout the Sigatoka Sand Dunes ecosystem by 2025.
- Increased protection of the Sigatoka Sand Dunes ecosystem against fire degradation by establishing 3 natural fire buffer zones and a new fire buffer zone west of the National Park by 2025.
- Increased community awareness and climate adaptation action through the publication of an ethnobotany research and study of the Sigatoka Sand Dunes ecosystem, 80% community participation in the agrinursery, waste management and composting project, and successful implementation of 4 Health Parks, Healthy Peoples Campaign events by HIYH by 2025.
The Sigatoka River produces the most fertile farming areas along its banks, supplying a large percentof locally grown food for Fiji’s main island of Viti Levu.With increasing climate change events, the Sigatoka River and estuary are more vulnerable to stormsand cyclones, resulting in greater risk of people exposed to climate hazards such as river and coastal flooding, coastal erosion, sand dune instability and loss of sediment to coastal beaches.The effects of these disasters include loss of agricultural production, decline in food security andlivelihoods, and damage to infrastructure and property. The National Park is well-placed as a green infrastructure to support opportunities for nature-basedsolutions for the region despite current efforts being based mainly on protection for conservation.