The Institute of Applied Science (IAS) Environment Unit conducts environmental impacts assessments and can monitor land and water biodiversity and water quality. It also works with communities to assist them in the development and implementation of resource management plans.
Major projects of the unit are the Integrated Coastal Management (ICM) projects, Integrated Locally Managed Marine Area (LMMA) Project, which focuses on community-based management of marine resources in a number of sites around Fiji. The unit was also the Pacific focal point for the LMMA Network, a learning portfolio of community-based marine conservation projects in Asia and the Pacific which won the Equator Initiative Award in 2002. LMMA is now an independent entity and for more information please go to lmmanetwork.org
The unit also has expertise in the areas of water and sanitation, land use planning, ecological, socio-economic, capacity building and training.