ECF is Fiji’s most experienced provider of Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) with over 75 approved assessments of development projects.
ECF can undertake detailed baseline water quality assessments and field analyses to respond to management requirements. Microbiological and physio-chemical samples collected by ECF are analysed by the Institute of Applied Sciences, University of the South Pacific – Fiji`s only certified laboratory.
ECF’s Kolinio Moce is a former senior technical officer at the Fiji Museum. Consequently, ECF is able to provide preliminary cultural/archaeological site survey services which includes a site inspection and consultation of national databases held by the Fiji Museum and Native Lands Commission. If a site is discovered or suspected. ECF then works closely with the Fiji Museum to complete the assessment for the development.
Foreshore erosion and coastal damage from cyclones are prevalent throughout the developed coastlines of the Fiji group and there are few, if any, coastal resorts which do not have foreshore engineering or erosion problems.
Resorts and foreshore developments routinely require construction at the land-foreshore interface and there is a litany of inappropriate engineering and expensive error to be seen on Fiji’s coastlines as a result of poor advice.
ECF is the leading provider of specialist terrestrial fauna, flora and mangrove surveys in Fiji. Dick Watling, ECF`s Principal, is an internationally acknowledged authority on Fiji`s birds, mangrove and terrestrial wildlife. He has just completed a commission to rewrite his 1985-86 ‘Mangrove Management Plan for Fiji’.
All EIA’s include some degree of assessment of the likely economic impacts of the development.
However, it is likely that formal Economic Impact Assessment will increasingly become a formal requirement for EIAs in Fiji.
ECF has undertaken social impact assessment services for over 25 studies as specified by the Department of Environment, as well as SIAs that comply with the standards of multi-lateral agencies such as the Asian Development Bank.
Fiji’s environmental and mining legislation requires the preparation of management plans to incorporate conditions of development approval.