Role in Fiji and SI

Austral’s Work in Fiji and the Solomon Islands

Austral’s capacity development support for the departments of environment in both Fiji and the Solomon Islands was done in collaboration with the Pacific Roundtable. Work began in Fiji in April 09 and in the Solomon Islands in September 09.

In both cases, the focus was revitalizing the NBSAPs in these countries. Austral assisted the respective department of environment to develop a Roadmap in collaboration with key partners. The roadmap sets out a results framework with priorities. Priority issues, carefully defined outcomes and related strategies are developed. Responsibility and accountability for outcomes and related outputs is established across government departments and NGOs.

Key to the success of this approach is strong leadership and ownership from the government together with commitment from NGOs and donors to support the development of these two attributes.