Research and Development

The Community and Coasts Programme works to promote research on the technical and socioeconomic aspects of Pacific Island coastal resource use and to develop training awareness raising materials that are appropriate and accessible to communities.

Research and Development Documentation

The Programme recognizes the need for applied research to support some aspects of our community based activities such as:

  • Development of coral reef restoration techniques and sustainable coral mari-culture methods
  • Development of Awareness raising Material on Coastal ecosystems
  • Development of relevant training materials in participatory, processes and coastal management actions.
  • Analysis of the financial viability of cultured coral for the aquarium trade in the Solomon Islands and Fiji.

In response to requests by communities for income generation opportunities the following technical studies were commissioned by FSPI.  Before options such as coral farming can be suggested both technical and financial viability need to be thoroughly explored.  These studies are analyses of the financial viability of cultured coral for the aquarium trade in the Solomon Islands and Fiji and provide information for use by decision-makers, practitioners and communities in these countries.

The studies where conducted by Dr Padma Lal with the assistance of Mr Jeff Kinch (Solomon Islands report) and Mr Albert Ceralala (Fiji report) with funding provided by the Canada South Pacific Ocean Development Programme Phase II through SPREP.

Financial and economic analysis of aquarium coral in Fiji
Financial and economic analysis of aquarium coral in Solomon Island

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