Action Against Desertification


Deforestation, intensive sloping, flat farming and reclamation of mangrove swamps are the main drivers of land degradation in Fiji. The country is losing over 50 tons of soil per hectare each year through run-off, four times the average in tropical areas. Sustainable development is further threatened by the rising sea level, a result of climate change. 

Action Against Desertification supports the UNCCD National Action Programme for Fiji, aiming to build the resilience and increase the productivity of forest landscapes, while improving the livelihoods of the local population through the restoration of degraded land and the sustainable management of natural resources. 

Land restoration: restoration of 2 000 hectares of communal lands.

Non-timber forest products: help 2 000 farmers, of whom half are women, increase their income through bee farming for honey production and crop pollination, sandalwood and wild ginger production, nutritional gardens and the production and marketing of handicraft made of forest materials.

Capacity development: training of 240 farmers and 540 community members in forest seed collection and handling, nursery and restoration techniques, sustainable land and forest management practices and market analysis and development. Around 150 government agents are being trained in specialized fields, such as tree breeding, farm soil testing, land use planning and resource.



Action Against Desertification in Fiji [read more]

  • Intervention area: 64 villages on 4 islands
  • Population: 11200 inhabitants
  • Surface: 910 800 hectares (total area of 8 provinces)