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Final Evaluation of the project “Forestry and Protected Area Management in Fiji, Samoa, Vanuatu and Niue (GEFPAS-FPAM)”

15/02/2018

Fiji, Samoa, Vanuatu and Niue are located within two of the World’s 34 “Biodiversity Hotspots” where the richest reservoirs of plant and animal life are found. The GEF-funded project, “Forestry and Protected Area Management in Fiji, Samoa, Vanuatu and Niue”, sought to overcome the many threats affecting biodiversity in the four countries.  The results of this Final Evaluation set a sound foundation for the management of protected areas as it contributed to a substantial increase in their coverage, to improved participation of customary landowners, legal, policy and institutional frameworks and contributed to awareness raising and capacity building. Future projects in the area should further study and address linkages with climate change adaptation activities, sustainable financing mechanisms for protected areas and clearly identify livelihoods and economic benefits that can be linked to the improved conservation of biodiversity as a compensation for land users who agree to reduce hunting and farming activities in protected areas.