South Pacific Projects is committed to preserving biodiversity and promoting sustainable development in local communities.
In 2009/10 SPP operated marine conservation volunteer expeditions in Fiji. However, it eventually became clear that our committment to capacity building was not being fulfilled by using overseas volunteers and staff to do the research work. Since then SPP has worked directly with overseas communities, funding local students to carry out their own research work and providing resources and training so locals can carry out surveys themselves. This approach has proved to be far more successful in terms of capacity building, with the additonal benefit of being far more rewarding.
South Pacific Projects recently contributed to a new programme in Papua New Guinea that empowers the local community to make more informed decisions regarding the siting of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in their traditional waters. SPP gained experience of MPAs after helping to establish Fiji’s first Marine Mammal Protected Area (MMPA) at Moon Reef in 2011.
We believe that Island communities can benefit from access to the knowledge and support that empowers them to make informed decisions regarding sustainable management of their natural resources
To provide funding and resources so that communities can carry out their own research and conservation programmes
Community consultation to ascertain local needs and concerns prior to establishing and new survey plans. Complementing traditional local knowledge with scientific expertise to ensure the best chance of success with conservation programmes