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Cyclone Winston hits Castaway Island – home to...

Fri, 18/03/2016
Monuriki Island in Fiji was right in the path of Cyclone Winston. Home to Wedge-tailed shearwaters and free of rats and goats, this little island is an important sanctuary. The site support group, that monitors species and maintains predator biosecurity, faces unprecedented challenges as the consequences of climate change start to hit the Pacific

Cyclone Winston decimates 'Bird Island’ (...

Thu, 10/03/2016
The reality of a cyclone hit on nature. Vatu-I-Ra, a small Fiji Island, which is home to nine species of breeding seabirds including 20,000 pairs of Black Noddies (Anous tenuirostris) is decimated along with the communities on adjoining islands that manage and protect this Important Bird Area.

Cyclone Winston affects community conservation...

Mon, 29/02/2016
The worst ever cyclone to ever hit Fiji has ravaged the communities engaged in protecting some of the Pacific's most important conservation areas and endangered species. The impact of the storm on these key habitats is not yet known but it expected to be significant and very serious..
Neil Fitzgerald and Chris Gaskin capturing New Zealand Storm Petrels at sea maybe the key to saving the Fiji and Beck's petrel - photo: Martin Berg

Will 2016 be the year the nesting sites of the...

Wed, 30/12/2015
Finding the nesting sites of the `lost then found' enigmatic Fiji and Beck's petrels is the aim of two linked projects getting underway in 2016. In order to ensure the protection and survival of these Critically Endangered birds we must know where they are nesting and raising young. Only then can we put in place protection of their habitat and ensure they are safe from predators like rats and cats. Recent experience in `finding' other petrel species gives hop that one of the big bird puzzles of the Pacific can be solved.
There are less than 150 Critically Endangered Polynesian Ground-dove remaining in the world. This project has more than doubled the safe habitat available for them. Photo: © Marie-Helene Burle

2015 saw some important successes in the Pacific...

Wed, 30/12/2015
2015 was a big year for conservation in the Pacific. The year saw the completion of the Acteon & Gambier project in French Polynesia giving sanctuary to eight globally threatened and near threatened birds (5 of which are seabirds), two turtle and seventeen nationally threatened endemic plant species. New marine sanctuaries and reserve proposals in Palau, New Zealand and the Cook Islands supported by BirdLife partners. Across the Pacific partnership with BirdLife and with our other partners makes a real difference for nature.
Particpants at a forum at the end of a five year conservation project in the Pacific

Pacific Partnership Protects Nature for People...

Sun, 29/11/2015
A five year project undertaken by BirdLife together with the European Union to protect some of the most important sites for birds and other native wildlife throughout the Pacific is coming to an end. Working with national BirdLife Partners in the Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, New Caledonia and Palau, invasive alien species have been permanently removed from 10 islands and safeguarded 10 species of globally threatened wildlife such as the Polynesian Storm Petrel, Tahiti Petrel, Micronesian Megapode and the Polynesian Ground Dove. A feature of the project was the involvement of local landowners and communities who have benefited from the work to remove the invasive species.
A sandalwood nursary providing income for local communities

Sandalwood nurseries to improve livelihoods of...

Thu, 05/11/2015
Helping local communities, who manage and protect important bird areas, develop sustainable livelihoods is key to nature protection in much of the Pacific. Read a case study of a local man's development of a sandalwood business in a small village on Viti Levu in Fiji.

NatureWatch App Launched! Watch nature, share...

Mon, 11/05/2015

NatureWatch is a new iPhone App from BirdLife International which allows you to plan yo

Video: Ecological, economic and intrinsic values...

Tue, 27/08/2013
New video from Fiji about the benefits of protecting forests- part of the 'Natural Livelihoods' video series from the Local Empowerment Programme, enjoy!

British Government launches BirdLife project in...

Wed, 24/07/2013
The British Government have launched a new BirdLife project to conserve Fiji’s forest. “It is a great pleasure for us at the High Commission, together with our partners at BirdLife International, to the launch a new three-year project here in Fiji,” said Mr Dan Salter - Deputy High Commissioner of the United Kingdom to Fiji.

State of Fiji's birds report launched

Fri, 31/05/2013

Fiji’s first ever State of Birds report ‘Fiji: State of Birds 2013’ has been launched b

Fiji Petrel gets support from the Flagship...

Thu, 25/04/2013
With nearly 150 applicants and only eight recipients, NatureFiji-MareqetiViti's Critically Endangered Fiji Petrel Project is proud to receive support from the prestigious Flagship Species Fund...

Pioneering investment to protect Pacific...

Mon, 22/04/2013
Conservationists and stakeholders in the Pacific region urge greater community engagement, government support, and new funding approaches to build on the strong results of Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) program to ensure natural resources are secured for the benefit of people.

NatureFiji-MareqetiViti welcome BirdLife Fiji...

Tue, 16/04/2013
NatureFiji-MareqetiViti has now merged with the Birdlife Fiji Progamme and has welcomed two new members of staff. Together the new team are managing a combined program of work in Fiji on community, conservation, ecosystem services and environmental education...

Nunia Thomas takes charge at NatureFiji-...

Wed, 27/03/2013
Nunia Thomas, NatureFiji-MareqetiViti’s Conservation Co-ordinator has been appointed Director, taking charge of Fiji’s most progressive local conservation organisation.
Honey from Kadavu

Nabukelevu youth benefit from their sustainable...

Mon, 25/02/2013
The Nabukelevu Site Support Group (SSG) was set up in 2007 to promote the conservation and sustainable use of natural resources in Mount Nabukelevu, Kadavu, Fiji. The group has gone from strength to strength in protecting their IBA, developing alternative livelihoods and providing for their future. The SSG are currently selling honey from the IBA and investing the profits in their children's education...

A Guitar reveals the call of the Fiji Petrel

Thu, 17/01/2013
Strumming his guitar after a stressful day, and Eleazar O'Connor from NatureFiji-MareqetiViti makes a world first discovery...

New video showcases community project in Fiji

Fri, 14/12/2012
BirdLife Pacific has released a new video about a community conservation project in Fiji...