Located in the southwest Pacific Ocean and comprised of 332 islands, Fiji contains diverse terrestrial and coastal ecosystems with forests covering 58% of the total land area. Fiji’s forests face threats primarily from conversion of natural forests to agricultural production along with unsustainable timber and fuel wood harvest practices. To address these challenges Fiji has developed an ambitious national REDD+ strategy targeting all 5 REDD+ activities; reducing emission from both deforestation and degradation, enhancing forest C stocks, sustainably managing forests and conserving forest carbon stocks.

Figure credit: Fiji MoF, 2019
Figure credit: Fiji MoF, 2019

Adhering to the terms of the UNFCCC and the Paris Agreement while seeking to obtain REDD+ results-based payments, Fiji has so far achieved the following:

  • Submission of two national communications to the UNFCCC and finalizing their third national communications to submit in 2019
  • Draft of the GHG inventory in 2019 for inclusion in Fiji’s first biennial update report
  • Ratification of the Paris Agreement and submission of its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) in April 2016
  • Preparing a REDD+ forest reference emission level to submit to the UNFCCC in January 20202

With the support of CfRN, Fiji improved its GHG inventory for the AFOLU sector through a series of workshops with the Fiji AFOLU sector working group. During these workshops data requirements were clarified and data providers were identified to more towards regular nationally produced GHG inventory reporting to the UNFCCC. CfRN also supported a quality assurance review of the draft inventory by the RRR+ Independent Panel.

Through the RRR+ project Fiji also participated in South-South exchange with neighboring Papua New Guinea to share lessons learned. During such bilateral exchanges and CfRN regional and global events, Fiji shared their experiences developing a Low Emissions Develop Strategies and discussed best practices with other countries who have already submitted their Forest Reference Levels and Biennial Update Reports.