Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum today officiated at the signing of the Fiji Invasive Alien Species Project document at the UNDP Pacific Office, Kadavu House in Suva.
The signing today marked the beginning of the project aimed at curbing one of the greatest threats to biodiversity in the Pacific – the invasive alien species in particular the Giant Invasive Iguana on Taveuni Island, Qamea, Laucala, Matagi, other surrounding islets and throughout Fiji.
The Government of Fiji successfully accessed a grant of about $7.3 million from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) for this project, which is being implemented by the Bio-security Authority of Fiji (BAF).
Invasive alien species refer to plants, animals and micro-organisms posing negative and downright harmful impacts to human health and economic sectors such as agriculture, fisheries and forestry.
The project will help strengthen Fiji’s border controls, early detection and rapid response capabilities.
The A-G said the project is key to providing a more secure livelihood for local communities who are most exposed to various pest species.