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Fiji Contributes To Biodiversity Meet In Kazakhstan

The purposes of the workshop was to share knowledge and discuss new financial solutions to protect and better manage biodiversity. Fiji was the only Pacific Island to participate in a
06 May 2017 11:00
Fiji Contributes To Biodiversity Meet In Kazakhstan
BIOFIN National Coordinator, Joeli Koroikata together with participants from Thailand. Photo: United Nations Development Programme

The purposes of the workshop was to share knowledge and discuss new financial solutions to protect and better manage biodiversity.

Fiji was the only Pacific Island to participate in a workshop for held in Kazakhstan which discussed new financial solutions to protect and better manage biodiversity.

The workshop which comprised Eurasia-Pacific regional government representatives, United Nations representatives and technical experts converged at the 3rd Regional Workshop of the Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN).

The purposes of the workshop was to share knowledge and discuss new financial solutions to protect and better manage biodiversity.

Fiji was represented by the Permanent Secretary for Local Government, Housing and Environment Joshua Wycliffe and BIOFIN national co-ordinator, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) BIOFIN national co-ordinator Joeli Koroikata.

BIOFIN is a global initiative launched by UNDP in October 2012.

It is a partnership seeking to address the biodiversity challenge at a comprehensive manner, building a sound case for increase investment.

This is in the management of ecosystems and biodiversity, with particular focus on the needs and transformational opportunities at the national level.

In Fiji, biodiversity is of great value to our societies and enormous values to our economy on clean water, food, fuel, recreation among other. Yet nature’s services are at risk.

Our rural communities still rely on natural resources, including fisheries and forest resources for subsistence livelihood. The sustainable use of these resources matter to the people and their survival.

The workshop also provided opportunities for participating countries to share their experiences on progress of the project but more importantly discuss new initiatives in different forms of funding models, mechanisms or finance solutions that can be explored which best fits their individual countries.

In addition, the importance of mainstreaming biodiversity into national policies and budgeting systems.

These and many others are options available for countries to explore in funding their biodiversity programmes.

Source: United Nations Development Programme

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