GOVERNMENT’S RESPONSE TO CLIMATE CHANGE

The development of Fiji’s Planned Relocation Guideline is amongst the many key responses to climate change in which the Fijian Government has been proactive in.

This was highlighted by the Permanent Secretary for Infrastructure, Transport, and Disaster Management & Meteorological Services, Taitusi Vakadravuyaca at the UNTFHS Project launch and stakeholder meeting on Climate Change and Disaster Displacement which was held at the Holiday Inn hotel in Suva today.

“The lessons learnt from the relocation projects in Vunidogoloa Village in Cakaudrove, Denimanu village in Yadua Island and Tukuraki community in Ba have contributed towards the development of the guideline,” PS Vakadravuyaca said.

Mr. Vakadravuyaca added that the Draft National Disaster Risk Reduction Policy has integrated relocation/displacement as one of its guiding principles.

“The outcome of these two days deliberations should enhance the collaboration amongst our countries and development partners.”

“We must work together to create a resilient community, and this means sharing our resources, knowledge and building the capacity of our people,” he added.

The intent of the event was to contribute to, identify and address possible solutions to one of the most challenging issues which is climate change and disaster displacement.

Guest speakers at the event included Ambassador of France in Fiji HE Sujiro Seam and Acting Ambassador of Spain in Fiji HE Daniel Montilla Rubiales.