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Funds for UniFiji to map coastal ecosystems

April 13, 2015 10:23 pm

Students of the University of Fiji will carry out mapping of coastal ecosystems in Votua and Maui Bay on the Coral Coast after it received substantial funding for the project from the U.S.

The university received a grant of about 830-thousand dollars through the Pacific-American Climate Fund to work with key partners in this three-year project.

The maps will provide a baseline to measure changes over time and develop management plans for preserving the ecosystems for the future.

The coral reefs and coastal ecosystems of Votua and Maui Bay are vulnerable to the effects of weather changes.

U.S Ambassador to Fiji Judith Cefkin says through the project they are taking significant steps to assist the Fijian government and the communities of Votua and Maui Bay to make informed decisions and develop strategies to deal with climate change.