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Fiji Biodiversity Education Kit for primary school students launched

05/06/2017 Suva, Fiji

The Education Resource Kit on Biodiversity Conservation has been officially launched in Fiji. The kit is an education resource to support the primary school curriculum for elementary science for years three to six corresponding to ages eight to eleven.

This toolkit was initiated and funded by FAO’s “Forest and Protected Area Management” project in Fiji and is a product of a cooperation between the Ministry for Education, the Department of Forest and Environment with the technical assistance from Landcare Research New Zealand and national experts from Fiji.

The current trend of environmental degradation will lead to biodiversity depletion which will be an irreplaceable loss to the youth of Fiji. Youth involvement is critical in environment protection and development decision making and in the implementation of programs for biodiversity conservation. However, the lack of awareness of the significance of biodiversity is the biggest barrier for conservation.

The new teaching kit in forest biodiversity for Fiji’s primary schools has been developed with the aim to increase the knowledge and appreciation of Fiji’s biological diversity and ecological processes. Although the content has been specifically tailored to a particular age group its use has no age limit. 

“This is one of the core results of creating awareness for biodiversity conservation among the people of Fiji”, said Rudolf Hahn, Lead Technical Officer for FAO’s Forest Protection and Management Project.  Mr Hahn said.

The FAO with funding from the Global Environment Facility assists Fiji with the implementation of the Convention of Biodiversity by strengthening biodiversity conservation and reducing forest and land degradation through the project “Forest and Protected Area Management”. The project strives as well at enhancing the sustainable livelihoods of local communities and contributes to the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals 2030.

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