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Workshop told that Fiji was among the top 20 countries in the world that was prone to the effects of climate change ZAFIYA SHAMIM SUVA With more than 70 per
29 Mar 2014 08:01

Workshop told that Fiji was among the top 20 countries in the world that was prone to the effects of climate change

ZAFIYA SHAMIM
SUVA
With more than 70 per cent of Fiji’s population including its physical assets located in coastal areas, Fiji’s exposure to natural hazards is increasing.
These were the words of Australian High Commission’s first secretary for growth and resilience, Richelle Turner, at the National Climate Change Adaptation Workshop at Nadave Training Centre, Tailevu, on Thursday.
“Fiji is ranked in the top 20 countries worldwide with the highest economic risk exposure to two or more hazards under the world risk index (Alliance Development Works, 2012),” Ms Turner said.
She said the location of its more than 300 mainly volcanic islands on and adjacent to the Pacific Ring of Fire made it prone to geological hazards including submarine volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, landslides and tsunamis.
“Climate change is synonymous with the Pacific.”
Ms Turner said the culture, people and future of the region could not be separated from this paramount challenge.
“The concept of assisting the Pacific to adapt to future climatic and environmental conditions is very important.”
She said there was a need to better adapt, to bolster resilience and reduce vulnerabilities as effectively as possible.
The week-long workshop ended yesterday.
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