FIJI took out a regional competition launched earlier this year by posting the best results of 12 Pacific Island Countries working towards agreed targets for water and sanitation management.
Fiji was announced winner of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) funded Pacific Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) Project competition for the Nadi Basin project — an innovative initiative, which is focused on flood risk management and planning in the Nadi Basin.
The GEF funded Pacific IWRM Project was launched in 12 countries in 2009 to protect vital watersheds, manage wastewater and sanitation, assess and protect water resources, and improve water efficiency and safety.
According to regional project manager for the GEF IWRM Marc Wilson, the benefits of the work were now starting to be felt in the region.
The GEF funded projects are executed regionally through the Secretariat of the Pacific Community's Applied Geoscience and Technology Division (SOPAC).
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) are implementing agencies.