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Acting PM Signs Project To Curb Biodiversity Threat

Acting PM Signs Project To Curb Biodiversity Threat
From left: United Nations Development Programme country director Bakhodir Burkhanov, Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and Biosecurity of Fiji chief executive officer Hillary Kumwenda after the signing of project document for Fiji Invasive Alien Species Project, at Kadavu House, Suva, on May 16, 2018. Photo: Office of the Attorney-General
May 17
11:04 2018

Acting Prime Minister and At­torney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says it is important that we invest in strict border con­trol to protect our economy.

He made the remarks when he signed the Project Document for the Invasive Alien Species Project in Suva yesterday.

“The knowledge of the Invasive Alien Species has increased and the devastation that it can actually cause is very important for us to know and address that,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum then quoted Section 40, sub-section 1 from the Constitution: “Every person has the right to a clean and healthy envi­ronment, which includes the right to have the natural world protected for the benefit of present and future generations through legislative and other measures.”

He said: “We have to be creative and innovative to be able to partner with all the respective stakeholders to be able to ensure that we are able to pro­tect our environment for our future generations.”

He also said that inability to ad­dress crucial aspects led to devasta­tion of both marine and terrestrial environments.

This project grant is accessed by the Government from Global Environ­ment Facility Trust Fund (GEF) of US$3.5 million (F$7.25 million).

“Today marks the official beginning of the project aimed at curbing one of the greatest threats to biodiversity in the Pacific, the invasive alien spe­cies,” said Bakhodir Burkhanov, the United Nations Development Pro­gramme Country Director.

The title of the project is “Building Capacities to Address Invasive Alien Species to Enhance the Chances of Long-term Survival of Terrestrial Endemic and Threatened Species on Taveuni Island, Surrounding Islets and Throughout Fiji.” The target time frame for the project is from 2018-2023.

The key areas of concern are is­lands of Qamea, Matagi and Lauca­la.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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  1. Mohammed Habib
    Mohammed Habib May 17, 18:54

    Perhaps Government might like to also consider securing some specific GEF grant facility to save our waterways and foreshores from nutrient run-offs from all the sugarcane/agriculture activities in the Western Division(s) of both Viti Levu and Vanua Levu. Australia is fighting to save its Great Barrier reef from the serious damaging effects of fertiliser and herbicide run-offs from years of uncontrolled sugarcane & other agricultural pursuits along its Eastern front. Fiji’s sugar industry should take a leading role in this exercise. We would not want Fiji to face this same situation a decade down the line or is it already getting late?

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