Support to setting up and managing protected areas
Setting up and managing protected areas was part of RESCCUE’s strategy to strengthen integrated coastal management and climate-change resilience.
The project helped set up two new land and marine protected areas in Fiji and New Caledonia covering a total of over 1,300 sq. km.
RESCCUE also strengthened management of several dozen provincial and local protected areas enjoying official or community status across all the pilot sites. It assisted with strengthening a network of 13 protected areas in the Great South of New Caledonia.
The project examined six types of funding mechanisms for protected areas, two of which were implemented: the North Efate conservation fund in Vanuatu, which is funding locally managed marine areas, and a marine conservation agreement for the Vatu-i-Ra Marine Conservation Park in Fiji.