PABITRA Meeting, Fiji

July 15-19, 2002


(Left to right: Craig Morley, Alifereti Naikatini, Marika Tuiwawa, Roselyn Kumar, Harley Manner, Dieter Mueller-Dombois, Bill Aalbersberg, Leigh-Anne Buliruarua, Solo Nata, Randy Thaman, Manasa Sovaki, Paddy Nunn)

Meeting Activities

Professor Bill Aalbersberg welcomed participants to the meeting.

Participants were then asked to state the expectations of their organizations from the PABITRA meeting:

From the above, there was a general consensus that the project was moving in the right direction and to get the fieldwork component of the project going.

Steps Needed to Operationalize PABITRA

According to APN Program Activities:

There was initial reservation about the transect extending from Mt. Tomaniivi to Laucala Bay because of accessibility of certain areas along the transect. However, it was agreed that the transect needs to be located along the area of highest biodiversity, i.e., Southeast of Mt. Tomaniivi.

With reference to the "Criteria for Site Selection" and following discussions on the transect, it was determined that transect and site need to be clarified. Craig Morley was appointed to write up definitions on site and transect.

It was also agreed that the Mt. Tomaniivi is to be the core site for the project and that the site should link to other sites along the transect. Organizations interested in setting up sites could be self-funded.

Involving local communities was identified as important to ensure sustainability in the future, rather than focusing on capacity building in terms of academic research.

Main sites that were identified were:

Data Sources

Data Needed Source
Climate MET Services, MRD, Derrick Book, Envt. Dept., V&A Report
Geology MRD maps
Soil Land-Use Dept., Derrick Book
Flora and Fauna Envt. Dept bibliography enough for background
Agricultural Capability Land-Use Dept.
Vegetation MAFF (Forestry), Barry & Howard Research Profiles
Social Cultural/Economic NLTB, Census (Stats Bureau), Thaman, Population Studies USP

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