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Village Sites For Relocation Hit Problem

Village Sites For Relocation Hit Problem
April 19
10:00 2016


Resettlement sites for the two villages of Navaga and Kade on Koro Island have not been approved.

The Deputy Permanent Secretary for the iTaukei Affairs Board   Apakuki Kurusiga said the new sites were just above the earthquakes’ fault line.

He said new sites had to be identified and once confirmed, the landowners’ consent had to be sought.

Some of the new resettlement sites in Koro had the approval of the landowners and the swearing ceremony had been carried out.

He said Sinuvaca village had already cleared the new site for relocation.

Mr Kurusiga said due to the impact of climate change, relocation was always preferred as the best option for villages on coasts.

He said the team had also visited Vanuabalavu.

The team he said would also be visiting Yacata Island in Vanua Levu. According to Mr Kurusiga the team responsible for resettlement is made up of staff from the Ministry of Health, Environment Department, Ministry of Lands and Minerals, Water Authority of Fiji and the Ministry of the iTaukei Affairs Board.

He said one important component of the choice of resettlement sites was that it must have a water source.  Edited by Rusiate Mataika


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