The 300 volcanic islands of Fiji are too young to be properly Gondwanan, but some of the most important of the Fijian endemic species are descended from Gondwanan elements. What remains of Fijian native forest is dominated by Agathis macrophylla, commonly known as Pacific Kauri, along with Podocarpus species. About half of the 130 Ha Waisali Rainforest Reserve, a biodiversity conservation project owned by the Waisali community in partnership with the National Trust of Fiji assisted by NZAID, is dense Pacific Kauri forest with Podocarpus vitiensis. The Garrick Forest Reserve is three and a half times as big but has serious problems of weed infestation.

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