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Fiji18° 7' 59.88" S, 178° 25' 1.2" E
English, Bau Fijian, and Fiji Hindi
|Net enrollment ratio in primary education||94.8||96||95.90000000000001||94.2||MDG Database|
|Seats held by women in national parliament, percentage||11.3||5.7||5.7||5.7||8.5||8.5||UN Stats (MDGs indicators)|
|Literacy rate, adult total (% of people ages 15 and above)||World Bank|
|Agricultural land (1000 Ha)||428||428||428||428||428||428||428||428||428||FAO|
|Forest area (sq km)||10,000||10,000||10,000||10,000||10,000||10,000||10,000||10,000||World Bank|
|Forest area (% of land area)||54.73||54.73||54.73||54.73||54.73||54.73||54.73||54.73||World Bank|
|International tourism receipts (% of total exports)||285||309||379||490||585||676||636||Development Data Group, The World Bank. 2008. 2008 World Development Indicators Online. Washington, DC: The World Bank. Available at: http://go.worldbank.org/U0FSM7AQ40.|
|Country population||801,681||807,329||812,658||817,791||822,885||828,046||833,330||838,699||844,046||849,218||World Bank|
|Population annual growth||0.737795||0.702049||0.657909||0.629645||0.620966||0.625225||0.636101||0.642216||0.635511||0.610893||World Bank|
|Maternal mortality ratio (modeled estimate, per 100,000 live births)||32||28||26||World Bank|
|HDI - Human Development Index||0.651||0.667||0.667||0.664||0.667||0.667||0.669||UNDP International Human Development Indicators - Calculated based on data from UNDESA (2009d), Barro and Lee (2010), UNESCO Institute for Statistics (2010b), World Bank (2010b) and IMF(2010a).|
|GNI per capita, PPP (current international $)||3,560||3,580||3,790||3,860||4,150||4,360||4,310||4,470||4,620||4,530||World Bank|
|ODA received as % of GNI||1.7||1.58||1.85||2.21||2.4||2.2||1.83||1.55||1.32||UN Stats (MDGs indicators)|
|Workers remittances (current US$)||24,000,000||24,000,000||24,000,000||123,000,000||171,900,000||184,200,000||165,490,000||165,490,000||175,000,000||UN Data|
|Electric power consumption (kWh)||World Bank|
|Combustible renewables and waste (metric tons of oil equivalent)||World Bank|
|Fossil fuel energy consumption (% of total)||World Bank|
|Carbon dioxide emissions (CO2), thousand metric tons of CO2 (CDIAC)||862||1,122||858||1,657||1,889||1,635||1,566||1,459||MDG Database (CDIAC Data)|
|Improved water source (% of population with access)||World Bank|
|Proportion of terrestrial and marine areas protected||0.18||0.18||0.18||0.18||0.18||0.18||0.18||0.18||0.18||0.18||UN Stats (MDGs indicators)|
In 2005, Fiji submitted its First National Communication on Climate Change to the UNFCCC.
Fiji’s economy and its people, like other small island States, are susceptible to the impacts of climate change. Climate change is beginning to have substantial and widespread impacts on Fiji, affecting sectors as varied as health, coastal infrastructure, water resources, agriculture, forestry and fisheries. As a predominantly agriculture-based economy, the impact is being felt more by the rural populace which depends upon the agricultural sector for generating livelihood. The increasing incidence and intensity of droughts, cyclones and flooding resulting from climate change is taking its toll on the economy and on the lives of ordinary citizens.
Natural and Environmental Disasters
Fiji has an active National Disaster Management Plan and a Natural Disaster Management Act.
Fiji is located in one of the most vulnerable locations for natural and environmental disasters in the world. An average of one to two cyclones hit the country every year and floods and flash floods resulting from climate change have become a common occurrence. Over the last decade, the damage caused by tropical cyclones alone has been estimated at more than USD $500 million and more than 100 lives have been lost. Tropical Cyclone Ami, which struck the Northern and Eastern Divisions in 2003, caused social and economic losses of more than USD $100 million, while the floods in April 2004 caused damages estimated at more than USD $30 million. An urgent and critical area for further development is in reducing Fiji’s vulnerability to geological hazards. The catastrophic consequences of such events coupled with their unpredictability translate into a need for constant preparedness.
Fiji has a National Solid Waste Management Strategy, which was approved in 2006, an Environment Management Act, which was approved in 2005, and a National Liquid Waste Management Strategy, which was approved in 2007.
The natural environment is an integral part of Fiji’s products and services and the quality of nature plays a significant role in the success of any socioeconomic development. As such, the generation and disposal of waste has a direct and an indirect impact on the socioeconomic development of the country. The environmental effects of poor wastewater management are becoming evident in many parts of the country. Coastal environments near urban areas, such as Suva Lagoon, are subject to contaminant wastewater from industry, domestic waste, urban storm water and shipping-related activities. High concentrations of nutrients and micro-organisms related to sewage contamination appear to be the major problem.
Coastal and Marine Resources
Fiji has a Fisheries Act in place toward protecting its coastal and marine resources.
The coastal areas of Fiji are of vital importance since most urban centres and a vast majority of villages are located on the shore, as is much of the population, agricultural sector, industry and commerce. Rapid coastal development and increasing utilisation of coastal resources has resulted in various impacts on the coastal environment, such as loss of habitat and biodiversity, inappropriate solid waste management, mismanagement of chemical wastes, pollution of air and waterways, and land degradation, among other problems. The fisheries sector accounts for 2.7% of GDP and 9.7% of domestic export earnings annually on average. Fishing in Fiji generates an estimated 22,000mt annually, while the average in the last 10 years has topped 24,000mt. Industrial fisheries contribute 84% of total export earnings while artisanal fisheries contribute 16% of export earnings.
Fiji has a Watershed Management Programme and is developing a Water Management Policy.
The consistent supply of clean, safe piped water and efficient sewerage services are crucial for both rural and urban sectors in inducing greater economic activity and commercial developments. Fiji has an abundance of water resources. However, there are persistent problems with the supply of piped water. Approximately 75 percent of Fiji’s population has access to piped water, while about 25 percent of the population has access to sewerage facilities.
Fiji’s First and Second National Reports on UNCCD Implementation were submitted in 2000 and 2002 respectively. Fiji’s Draft National Action Plan on Combating Desertification was completed in 2006. Fiji also has a National Rural Land Use policy and plan, as well as a Forest Policy and National Forest Programme.
Land is an important factor in the development of the economy. The burgeoning population over the past 40 years has increased demand for agricultural land and has consequently put a significant amount of pressure on arable land availability. This has resulted in land degradation, reduced productivity, lower yields, reduced food security and an increase in poverty. Much of Fiji’s arable land has been taken up for housing, industrial and commercial developments. In Fiji, agriculture is generally organized along commercial lines, although the subsistence sector remains important. Large-scale agriculture comprises mainly palm oil, coconut, sugarcane, cocoa and coffee plantations, and beef cattle. Fiji’s forest resources cover an area of approximately 870,000 hectares, or about 47 percent of Fiji’s total land area. Plantation forests, mainly pine and mahogany, account for 13 percent of total forest area. Deforestation is becoming a threat to Fiji’s biodiversity. The forestry sector on average accounts for 1.2% of GDP and 4.1% of export earnings.
In 2006, the Government of Fiji approved the country’s National Energy Policy. In 2004, Fiji prepared its National Energy Assessment.
Fiji, like any other country in the region, is heavily dependent on imported fuel to meet a major component of its energy demand. As such, Fiji is vulnerable to the continuous fluctuation of world crude oil prices. The contribution of the electricity sector to GDP is about 3.6%. Around 66.8% of the country’s electricity requirements are met from renewable energy sources, which includes 62.1% hydro, 0.6% wind and other renewable resources, and 4.1% biomass. Imported petroleum for diesel backup generators meets the remaining balance of 33.2%. In terms of final energy consumption, the transport sector has continually consumed just over 40% of the total energy supplied. This is followed by the commercial, industrial and domestic sectors.
Fiji has an active Tourism Development Plan 2007-2016 to promote sustainable development of the tourism sector.
Tourism in Fiji encompasses a myriad of partnerships between a diverse range of private sector businesses, communities and government. It has grown steadily over the past few years, following its recovery from a significant decline after the 2000 coup with growth in visitor numbers and economic contribution and a strong investment in infrastructure. The 2007 census recorded that 21,460 people, or 2.6% of the total population, are working in the tourism industry. The industry contributes around 18.4 % of GDP, with $741.7 million earnings in 2006 and estimated tax revenue to the government of $140 million.
Fiji has submitted its Fourth National Report to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, and also has a National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan.
Fiji is a natural resource-based economy that thrives on the exploitation of natural resources for its economic development. Land- and marine-based natural resources have been harvested for exports to improve Fiji’s foreign reserves for national economic development. There are drawbacks associated with all of these activities. Habitat destruction in the coastal areas resulting from tourism development is a major threat to Fiji’s biodiversity in mangrove forests, estuaries, reef and foreshore ecosystems. Unplanned and uncoordinated tourism activities can become a major threat to Fiji’s biodiversity. A variety of development efforts in different sectors have accumulated impacts that put stress on Fiji’s biodiversity, leading to the loss of important ecosystems. Invasive species are another threat to Fiji’s biodiversity. Most of Fiji’s endemic species are threatened from native and introduced invasive species. There are also some newfound species which relevant stakeholders are working to preserve and multiply.
SUMMARY OF STATEMENTS BY SIDS LEADERS AT THE PLENARY OF THE 2012 THIRD WORLD SUMMIT ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT (RIO+20)
PREPARED BY OHRLLS SUMMARY The 2012 Third World Summit on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), saw 36 representatives and heads of state from Small Island Developing States (SIDS) take to the floor during the Plenary Session to deliver statements on a range of issues of importance and relevance to them. Of the 36 SIDS representatives, 10 were Heads of State while 10 were Heads of Government making up 26% of the 77 Heads of State and Heads of Government who addressed the Plenary...
20 May 2013 |
9 May 2013: The first SIDS DOCK Pacific Regional Meeting reviewed the current work of the first phase of the SIDS DOCK Support Programme and discussed its next phase. SIDS DOCK is an initiative developed by small island developing States (SIDS) for SIDS to promote renewable energy, energy efficiency, and contribute towards sustainable development with support from the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Bank. The meeting, which took place in Nadi, Fiji, from 6-9 May 2013, was...
16 May 2013 |
April 2013: The Global Environmental Facility (GEF) Pacific “Implementing Sustainable Water Resources and Wastewater Management in Pacific Island Countries” project has issued progress snapshots for Fiji, Majuro Atoll (Marshall Islands), Niue, Palau and Samoa. The Pacific Islands Applied Geoscience Commission (SOPAC), together with 14 Pacific Island countries, executes the project, which aims to improve water resources and management through policy and legislative reform, and...
National focal point for sustainable development:
Ministry of Finance & National Planning