Yes and no. The Pacific island nation of Fiji has lots of fish, smaller amounts of timber, some gold, copper, and the potential for offshore oil exploration. A report by the Global Environment Facility and the United Nations Development Program studied Fiji’s environmental laws and policies, and concluded that while many of their land use and conservation laws are aimed at laudable goals, the legislative and regulatory framework Fiji is working under is somewhat outdated, especially with regard to protection of fisheries and marine habitats. Since most of Fiji’s laws are modeled on old British Commonwealth statutes (which Fiji once was), they need updating and modernizing in order to fully realize the conservation potential that Fiji can achieve. How much international organizations like the UNDP can do, however, in a matter that is purely within Fijian national sovereignty, is limited.
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