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Workshop hopes to tackle invasive species problem

The implementation programme by Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF) launched a project inception workshop yesterday on Giant Invasive Iguana (GII). The project is called “Building Capacities to Address Invasive Alien
27 Sep 2018 13:43
Workshop hopes to tackle invasive species problem

The implementation programme by Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF) launched a project inception workshop yesterday on Giant Invasive Iguana (GII).

The project is called “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 to 2023. The workshop was held at Novotel Suva Lami Bay It was attended by close to 60 participants and they were from various governmental and non-government organisations.

The Permanent Secretary for Environment, Joshua Wycliffe, said that the workshop was primarily to create awareness among the stakeholder groups that would be working together on the project.

“The objective outcomes will be defined clearer so the participants will go away with a good sense of what is expected of them when they go back to the field including the roles and responsibilities as well as the project milestones,” said Mr Wycliffe.

“It will also help the multiple project partners and Government agencies involved to have a better understanding on the design and also being able to look at implementation milestone.”

The project was first endorsed in May last year and the project document was signed by the Attorney-General and Minister for Public Enterprise Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and Country Director of UNDP Bakhodir Burkhanov. BAF is the executing agency.

Mr Wycliffe said that there was a need for strong collaboration among the government agencies because if they worked together, things would move quicker and faster.  He also emphasised a need to empower communities at grassroot level so that local communities were able to comprehend the information.

“This specific project aim is eliminating those invasive species and this is the first inception workshop,” he said.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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