Alisi Rabukawaqa

350 Pacific Council of Elders

Alisi Rabukawaqa-Nacewa is one of Fiji’s leading ocean experts, who for the past decade has worked in environment conservation, climate activism and indigenous peoples’ traditional rights and knowledge advocacy. In 2017, 

she represented the Youth and Civil Society group at the United Nations Ocean Conference as part of the Fijian delegation and in 2018, spoke at the Citizens’ Constitutional Forum’s seminar highlighting the importance of maintaining traditional governance structures.

She works as a marine scientist with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, providing consultation on marine protected areas within Fiji and with communities — as protected oceans are a solution to climate change and the resilience of the Pacific people. She sits on the youth-led grassroots network 350.org Pacific Climate Warriors Council of Elders as the Melanesian representative, providing traditional knowledge on working with Pacific communities and indigenous perspectives to their climate justice work.

Alisi is also one of the few Melanesian women who have sailed the world’s seas on a vaka, a traditional double-hulled canoe as part of the Te Mana o Te Moana (The Spirit of the Ocean) journey — where sailors navigated waters across the Pacific Ocean “promoting traditional sustainable shipping and ocean protection”.