Fiji is a well-respected island nation holding its own as a member of the Commonwealth and new to the carbon abatement industry. The country is striving to meet global emission targets while developing new opportunities for its local Fiji Nationals in environment protection through green government policy change. Hop2it and its local partner Kookai are working with landowners to minimise Fiji’s carbon footprint and create new income for local communities.
Making the Switch to Green Has Not Been Easy for Fiji
Fiji is highly vulnerable to climate change due to its position as a Small Island Developing State (SIDS), which leaves the country exposed to sea-level rise, cyclones of increasing intensity, and flooding, among other potential consequences. It has therefore been imperative for Fiji to take ambitious and rapid action to address climate change, through greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions. Hop2it is assisting with our boots on the ground, working local landowners “to switch to a greener future”.
Our Services In Fiji
Hop2it partnered with the Kookai Group, an internationally renown company based in Fiji, Australia and Europe. We partner with Fijian Landowners to farm and harvest Carbon Credits to create new income for the local community and to preserve the environment.
Conservation efforts of Fijian Tropical Dry Forests are currently unsatisfactory. Most of Fiji’s conservation efforts have been put toward preserving the rainforest, coral reefs, and beaches, while the dry forest for the most part has been neglected. A few small patches of dry forest remain on Vanua Levu, Viti Levu, Yaduataba Island, and on small islands in the Mamanuca and Yasawa Groups, complicating conservation efforts. However, with the exception of Yadua Taba, none of the remaining dry forest areas are protected in reserves and there is a danger that these areas will be completely destroyed, through fire or clearing, before any effort is made to survey or save them.
Deforestation Avoidance Programs
Fiji is aiming to build climate resilience and increase the productivity of forest landscapes, while improving the livelihoods of the local population through the restoration of degraded land and the sustainable management of natural resources. As part of Hop2it work in Fiji the company is working with local Landowners to help address this problem.
Community Afforestation Programs
Community-based afforestation and reforestation activities are proposed in Fiji’s Landholder Afforestation Program in support of the Government initiative of planting 2 million trees a year. In January 2021, the Emission Reduction Program Agreement (ERPA) was signed between the Fijian Government and the FCPF.
Human Induced Carbon
Fiji produces less than 1% of the globe’s carbon emissions, yet rising sea levels, coastal erosion and intense storm surges are having a dramatic effect on the country. The sea level is projected to rise 17-35 cm by 2065. If this projection turns out to be accurate, that means 30 percent of Fijians live in areas that will be underwater in the next 40 years.
Carbon Abatement Projects
Fiji – Renewable Energy International Trade Administration
According to the U.N. FAO, 55.5% or about 1,014,000 ha of Fiji is forested. Of this 44.3% (449,000) is classified as primary forest, the most biodiverse and carbon-dense form of forest. Fiji has 177,000 ha of planted forest.
Presently, 45 percent of the country’s power is supplied through fossil fuels, 50 percent through hydropower and the remaining five percent from biomass and wind turbines.
New Opportunities in Fiji
With a diversified presence in Australia & Papua New Guinea (PNG) Hop2it rapidly expanded into the Philippines, Indonesia and the South Pacific Islands commencing with the Island Nation of Fiji.
“Deforestation” comes from the direct felling of trees and vegetation. Hop2it assist in avoiding logging and direct forest damage. “Afforestation” is the direct human-induced conversion of land that has not been forested for a period of at least 50 years to forested land through planting, seeding and/or the human-induced promotion of natural seed sources.
At its core, Fiji’s Marine Policy lays out its commitment to the 100 percent sustainable management of its own surrounding ocean and global oceans by its designation of 30 percent marine protected areas by 2030. Expanding Fiji’s marine protected areas means greater protection of Fiji’s exceptional biodiversity and improving ocean health.
The Australian Government has partnered with Fiji under the Indo-Pacific Carbon Offsets Scheme. The countries signed partnership agreements in Glasgow while attending the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in 2021. This has created financial opportunities for local Fijian people.
Reaffirming Fiji’s commitment to climate actions, Prime Minister Bainimarama said, “We pledge to achieve economy-wide net-zero emissions by 2050 – and that commitment will soon be legislated through a ground-breaking climate change Bill in the Fiji Parliament for the betterment of all Fijians and the world.”
Fiji - Clean. Renewable. Compliant.
Fiji is continuing its climate leadership which, to-date, has included serving as the President of the 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP23) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), it’s attendance to all COP conferences to date and the ambitious near-term targets Fiji committed to under its first Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC).