NFMV reflects on our 2013 activities, plans for our 2014 programme and makes headway on our 2nd five year strategic plan 2014-2019.
An annual event for NFMV, our new year’s strategic planning meet was held from the 15th-18th of January 2014.
Project officers and staff of NatureFiji-MareqetiViti had a three day meeting, reflecting on the activities of 2013, rectifying issues that had arisen in the past year as well as each project officer planning their activities and programme for 2014.
Birdlife International joined for one day of the meet providing valuable assistance for NFMV’s young team.
The strategic planning exercise is an important component of NFMV where each project officer presents on their 2013 activities, highlighting achievements as well as shortcomings experienced and how these situations can either be replicated, or rectified for the coming year.
In addition to the project updates, members of the staff are provided the chance to identify ‘opportunistic activities’ allowing for individual capacity building that would improve the development of our officers as well as the organisation.
NFMV is very grateful to Tamara Osborne Naikatini for facilitating the meet and to Swee Kok for her help.
In reviewing NFMV’s first five year Strategic Plan as a prelude to developing the 2014-2019 Strategic Plan, the recommendation has been to maintain our current 5 programmes and add another – an ‘Alien Invasive Species’. This provides recognition by NFMV of the seriousness of alien invasive species for island fauna and flora.
It also recognizes the leading role played by NFMV with Biosecurity Authority of Fiji in the eradication of the American Iguana.
In addition to this, NFMV is also working with Biosecurity Authority of Fiji on understanding the threat posed by the Brown Tree snake (Boiga irregularis). The Brown Tree Snake has devastated the fauna of Guam and causes millions of dollars annually through power outages from shorts across transmission lines.
The three day meeting was held at Leleuvia Island, accommodating fourteen staff members of NatureFiji-MareqetiViti and three staff of Birdlife International-Pacific Secretariat for a day.
NFMV Members will get an opportunity to have input into the 2014-2019 Strategic Plan once it has reached a Draft which will be circulated.