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Date

2021-2022

Pilot study area

Fiji

Objectives

  • Strengthen Fiji’s capacity to better account for its Ocean resources (mangroves and other biotic and abiotic marine resources). This supports the Government’s priority to mitigate immediate threats to incomes and livelihoods of local communities due to climate change effects.
  • Develop information on a range of Ocean ecosystem services (starting with those of mangrove ecosystems) to assist Ocean Accounting in Fiji.
  • Promote development and/or adoption of better technologies and assessment tools for dealing with biodiversity losses, pollution and destruction of marine ecosystems and unsustainable use of marine resources.
  • Assist Fiji with development of evidence-based policies, legislative mechanisms, and advanced monitoring platforms.
  • Provide an outline of available or potential data sources for constructing mangroves accounts in Fiji and highlight the current limitations to creating an ocean account for mangroves in Fiji.
  • Provide recommendations for improving the quality of accounts and scaling nationally.

Target outputs: Mangroves conditions and direct SNA benefits

Types of accounts

  • Ecosystem asset accounts of mangroves (extent and cover)
  • Economic accounts of direct SNA benefits

Methods

  • Data collection: Remote sensing data from international and local sources.
  • Site visits and stakeholder surveys: Suva-Tailevu coast (eastern), Navua-Sigatoka (Central) costs, Suva (Central). Two stakeholder group consultations and a number of one-one stakeholder consultations were held.
  • Data treatment: Manipulation of remote sensing datasets into basic spatial units, per accounting area (province). Extent and condition of mangroves calculated per province.
  • The methodology for economic valuation of SNA benefits involves analyzing sector-specific data using the existing national accounts framework applied by the Fiji Bureau of Statistics.

Challenges and lessons learned

  • Challenge: Quality and reliability of data (custodian and timely release). Solutions: a. International sources and direct outreach to data sources. b. Initial estimates are made using remote sensing and national accounts data. Both these can be improved when detailed I-O table and ground truthing of mangrove extent and cover are established.
  • Challenge: Stakeholder engagement. Solution: Work with key groups across government and business
  • Challenge: Logistics. Solution: Bi-weekly meetings, stakeholder meetings and consultations with key data providers
  • Challenge: Connecting to policy objectives. Solution: The objective of the study directly connects to 5 out of the 7 objectives of the national oceans policy.
  • Challenge: An economic estimation of ecosystems benefits. Solution: These are provided to gauge the direct contributions that mangroves provide to Fiji. Key highlights include estimates of the partials, impact on GDP and employment at national level.

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