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Private Sector Can Gain From Carbon Project

"They help keep the eco-system, intact, while earning income for rural communities across Fiji. The Fiji Blue Carbon Project was, launched last year and will con­tinue into 2024," Ms Kennedy said.
23 Nov 2021 10:30
Private Sector Can Gain From Carbon Project
Participants and guests during the Fiji Blue Carbon Project workshop at Tanoa Plaza, Suva, on November 22, 2021. (Top Left) Apisai Rinamalo, Nemani Vuniwaqa, Mosese Nakoroi, Moapa Lotawa, Waisake Manako, Semisi Meo, Tomasi Delana, Kristian Miles. (Middle) Rusiate Masikivosa, Senilolia Tuiwawa, Maria Elder, Vennesa Dirking, Isac Rounds, Elizabeth Rakai, Mere Lakeba, Laisani Kuruduadua, (Sitting) Chinnamma Reddy, Nanise Tuqiri, Director Environment Sandeep Singh, permanent secretary for Environment Joshua Wycliffe, Pacific Ocean and Islands Programme deputy director Bridget Kennedy, and Richard Fitzmaurice. Photo: Leon Lord.

Private sector participation in blue carbon projects measures could help com­munities secure foreign markets for food export.

The consensus was presented at the launch of phase two of the Fiji Carbon Project, in Suva yesterday.

Permanent secretary for Envi­ronment Joshua Wycliffe said the back-end processes of major construction developments were often overlooked, and most times abandoned.

 

However, the private sector had much to gain from its involve­ments in the back end of such de­velopments, he said.

“We digress in our work,” he said.

“We waiver from what we are meant to do.”

 

He said there were exciting out­comes of the project that could benefit communities.

 

Food Security
Pacific Ocean and Islands Programme deputy director, Bridget Kennedy, said the food security as­pect of the project opened up the prospects of developing market links.

She said more locals were explor­ing the possibilities of exports of food derived from blue carbon pro­jects.

“They help keep the eco-system, intact, while earning income for rural communities across Fiji.

The Fiji Blue Carbon Project was, launched last year and will con­tinue into 2024, Ms Kennedy said.

 

Feedback: frederica.elbourne@fijisun.com.fj



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