YEAR OF THE REEF

YEAR OF THE REEF

The Prime Minister of Fiji, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama launched the International Year of the Reef at Nukubati Private Island.

YEAR OF THE REEF

The Prime Minister of Fiji, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama launched the International Year of the Reef at Nukubati Private Island.

The launch was held at at Nukubati Island Resort off the coast of Macuata. Mr. Bainimarama took the the opportunity to announce Government’s approval for the nomination of a large section of the Great Sea Reef as a Ramsar site under the United Nations Convention on Wetlands, and congratulated the Tui Macuata, the people of Macuata and the WWF for their leadership on the nomination proposal to the Fiji government.

Launching the International Year of the Reef on Nukubati was significant as it is the only resort located in the Great Sea Reef region.

The Prime Minister called on world leaders to summon the collective will to reverse the death of coral reefs, “Imagine ecosystems built up over millions of years gone within a space of a generation. It cannot happen. It must not happen.”

Fiji joins other nations and organisations around the world in International Year of the Reef activities to preserve coral reefs and related ecosystems around the world.

The 2018 International Year of the Reef was declared by the International Coral Reef Initiative, the first being in 1997 after the worst coral bleaching recorded up to that date.

Since then the third global mass bleaching, due to ocean warming, occurred in 2016 to 2017 and spanned from the Pacific to the Indian Ocean and to Africa.

The WWF Pacific and its partners have been working with communities in the Great Sea Reef region to secure alternative sources of food and income, provide technical assistance and enact policy change.

WWF Pacific Representative- Kesaia Tabunakawai welcomed the announcement on conservation.
Ms. Tabunakawai said any positive policy and or practice such as the Ramsar site is important. “Unsustainable land use practice, deforestation, mining and pollution threaten the Great Sea Reef region including mangroves, fisheries and the reef itself.”

Climate Change, oceans and reefs are interlinked. Increased flooding and high intensity cyclones have a major impact on the Great Sea Reef.

Four of Fiji’s major rivers flow into the Great Sea Reef region, which all have to deal with such issues as increased rainfall variability and greater frequency of cyclones and flooding.

This in turn affects fish catches and the livelihoods of the ten communities within the Great Sea Reef region.
The Great Sea Reef spans four provinces and ten fishing grounds, the reef provides important protein in local diets.

The Great Sea Reef has many Fijian names- Cakau Levu (big reef), Bai ni kei Viti (wall of Fiji and Bai ni Vualiku (wall of the north).

The Great Sea Reef like other reefs absorbs 97% of wave energy crashing in from the ocean. Without it many islands and the coasts of Vanua Levu and Viti Levu would be almost uninhabitable.

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