Over 80% of Fiji land is defined by customary ownership, meaning Indigenous communities manage the surrounding territories, often according to cultural believes that link people with land and sea. While this impedes formal, national protections, it opens new opportunities to work with local communities and ancient cultural values for the defense of nature.
Fiji’s terrestrial and marine biodiversity is legendary. Unfortunately, Fiji’s people and government are not the sole influence over its environment. Climate change and rising sea levels are an imminent threat to Fiji, while ocean pollution, carried thousands of miles across the sea, degrades its Fiji’s delicate coral reefs. Fiji’s government is working with private industry and local communities to reduce waste and preserve nature as much as possible. Yet, their success depends, in large part, on international cooperation and action.
Ecologically intact & protected landscapes comprise 50% or more of this country.
Intact landscapes lacking protected status comprise 50% or more of this country.
Between 20-40% of landscapes are still ecologically intact.
Less than 20% of the natural ecology of this area is intact.
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Residing in one of 34 biodiversity hotspots, the Sovi Basin is a haven for tropical bird life, including the Long-legged thicketbird and the Pink-billed parrotfinch.
This rare, parabolic sand dune system is also an important cultural site. Burial grounds and pottery shards dating back 2600 years have also been uncovered here.
Local chiefs banned fishing in this region after fish populations were decimated by commercial operations. Unparalleled reef quality prevails.