Sustainable Management of Natural Resources
The Pacific is rich in natural resources, if not on land, at sea.
The PGBC, in an effort to promote the green economy, focuses on the sustainable use of a number of natural resources, and works closely with PIDF and its partners to support these industries.
In the period 2019 – 2020 we will be focusing on two industries – the bamboo industry in the Green Economy and seaweed in the Blue Economy. However mangroves, an ecosystem that happily exists between the two, is another area of great interest for us.
These industries create income generation and employment where it is needed most – in rural areas and island communities where currently there are very little opportunities.
Bamboo can potentially be an important component of a Green Economy transformation. Its presence in a number of Pacific island countries and its versatility could offer Pacific people sustainable solutions to their needs. It could also become an important source of employment and income for communities that are currently under employed. Read more here.
Like bamboo, seaweed is fast growing, a great sequester of carbon and versatile in its uses. Together with other partners, including partners from the private sector, government and academia, PIDF will establish pilot initiatives for the use of seaweed in various areas. An important element of this work is the economic viability of these industries and their competitiveness which will be the principle consideration for any further development of the industry. Read more here.
Mangroves are an extremely important habitat for sustainable livelihoods, fisheries and climate change. We support activities that protect, sustainably manage and expand mangrove habitats. We are seeking partnerships to support these efforts. Read more here.
The hemp plant is a renewable resource that grows quickly, naturally resists plant diseases, requires little weeding, thrives in most climates, and enriches the soil it grows in. However farmers cannot grow hemp until the legislation is changed. Read more here.