- In which way are you contributing to the UN Ocean Decade?
Through continued partnerships and forming new ones with grassroots and international non-governmental organizations, multilateral entities, and development agencies.
For example, I have supported Project AWARE’s Dive Against Debris through the removal of discarded long-line fishing gear from a coral wall that had been ghost fishing for years. Joining over 50,000 other divers in 114 countries around the world for increased ocean ecosystem health through localized volunteer efforts, while informing policy change. I led the development, management, and implementation of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Pacific Volunteers Programme, managing a network of 200+ volunteers as Conservation Coordinator.
I was a tutor, marker, and laboratory demonstrator on marine policies/law, as well as marine resource management, among others, at the University of the South Pacific. Additionally, I have experience in research, data analysis, information/knowledge management, community engagement, and conducting scientific studies and assessments. I support the strengthening of grassroots organizations, such as the local marine resource management support team, through coastal and marine resource management by way of village awareness programs and rapid marine surveys.
More recently, I conducted an assessment of the economic impact of marine protected areas on regional economies in Fiji’s highly touristic areas in the Nadroga-Navosa and Ba provinces. It was one of the four case studies presented at the 2020 Convention on Biological Diversity to update the Convention’s strategic plan and adopt a post-2020 global biodiversity framework.