Fiji, the first country to ratify the Paris Climate Agreement, has also become the first SIDS to sign an Emission Reductions Payment Agreement (ERPA) with the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) within the World Bank, a five-year arrangement that will catalyze up to US$ 12.5 million for the reduction of carbon emissions produced through deforestation and forest degradation. This threat to biodiversity will be addressed through integrated land-use planning, conservation and sustainable plantations — including initiatives for boosting community livelihoods with involvement in climate-resilient agriculture. The agreement covers 90% of Fiji's landmass and will aim to reduce emissions by 2.5 million tonnes throughout its duration, a critical goal for maintaining the forest's contribution to climate adaptation. As Fijian Attorney-General and Minister for Economy, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, noted, “Our forests have a critical role to play in building not only a more resilient nation but a more habitable planet.”

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