Our project aims vary between countries, but are all focused around building a better future and support structure for these children.
In Fiji, GVI has partnered with local NGOs and organisations
in order to identify the best ways to assist the community in conserving their marine resources. GVI coordinates with the Department of Fisheries and the Fiji Locally Managed Marine Area Network to ensure that all the work and research conducted is both relevant and useful to the wider community.
Our aims are the following:
- Data collection on targeted fish species
- Habitat mapping for coral reefs and mangrove (Coral Reef and Mangrove Habitat mapping)
- Development of an environmental education and awareness programme for local schools.
Our aim in Phang Nga, Thailand is to better understand the effect of changing environmental climates in conjunction with the local communities. Our goal is to sustain the long-term conservation of the area and aid in the preservation of the natural environment.
Caqalai and Phang Nga's short, mid, and long-term objectives:
All of our programs have short, mid and long-term objectives that fit with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This enables us to report on our collaborative impact across the world in a streamlined manner, measuring which UN SDGs we are making a substantial contribution to. Furthermore, this will help our local partners and communities measure and visualize their contribution to the UN SDGs.
Upon arrival to base, you will be educated about the history of the UN SDGs. You will learn about the specific goals of your location, the long-, mid- and short-term objectives, and also clarification of how your personal, shorter-term involvement contributes to these goals on a global level.
Our aim is to educate you on local and global issues, so that you continue to act as active global citizens after your program, helping to fulfill our mission of building a global network of people united by their passion to make a difference.
Learn about the long-term objectives you will be contributing to:
1. PROTECTION and MONITORING- Establish locally managed marine areas with villages of Moturiki in keeping with community led management plans
2. EDUCATION- capacity building within key stakeholders to ensure strong environmental leadership in the future
3. LIVELIHOODS- Introduce methods of alternative livelhoodto generate incomefor local communities to reduce dependance on damage fisheries for income
4. RESILIENCE- Reduce the vulnerability of communities to the negative impacts of climate changethrough awareness and training in adaptation techniques and disaster preparedness
5. COLLABORATION - Encourage good governance, inter-organisational collaboration and inter-village cooperation
In Phang Nga:
1. Increase awareness of local populations to environmental issues and facilitate change towards sustainability through scientific studies
2. To assist and develop local coastal conservation efforts through providing practical support to project partners, data collection, awareness raising and habitat restoration
How this project makes a difference
The communities with which we work in Fiji do not have access to the necessary resources to carry out regular data collection
in their fishing grounds. By collecting specific data, we can help the local communities make more informed decisions with regards
to the management of their vital resources.
Your presence as a volunteer in Thailand will help protect some of the world’s most beautiful beaches and coral reef systems. By adopting a holistic conservation approach, we are educating the community on local environmental issues, dealing with the social and economic pressures that leading to the destruction of reefs, fish, coral and turtle populations and aim to end unsustainable food systems and development.