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MAIKA BOLATIKI suva Government will integrate and merge disaster risk management and climate change under an umbrella agency. This revelation was made by the Permanent Secretary for Rural and Maritime
09 Aug 2014 08:52

MAIKA BOLATIKI
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Government will integrate and merge disaster risk management and climate change under an umbrella agency.
This revelation was made by the Permanent Secretary for Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management, Filipe Alifereti. He was speaking at the 44th General Assembly of the Asian Pacific Parliamentary Union, held in the Republic of China (Taiwan).
“With this in mind, the Fijian Government has endorsed the refurbishment of one of its heritage buildings to house the disaster risk management institution. Relevant space has also been provided to cater for the climate change programme,” Mr Alifereti said.
He said the Fijian Government had re-prioritised climate change and disaster risk management as very important processes for economic and social development.
A case in point and example, he said, was a disaster risk mitigation and climate change adaptation project, co-shared between Government and the community. A whole village community called Vunidogoloa, in the Northern Division, was relocated to higher grounds to reduce climate impacts that caused coastal erosions and flooding.
“I may not be wrong to mention that the Vunidogoloa relocation case of a whole community maybe a world first combining both climate change and disaster risk processes.”
The relocation, he said, also considered the implementation of livelihood programmes, like farming, to support the community.
“More communities are identified to go through similar processes of relocation from susceptible and highly vulnerable areas.”
He said in 2013, Fiji took the lead in the Pacific region by establishing an inaugural Pacific Island Development Forum (PIDF). The forum embraces all countries in the region focused on green and blue growth. In June this year, it convened the second PIDF.
Mr Alifereti said there was no looking back. Collectively, with Pacific countries and interested international players and partners, operational issues on sustainable development that affects each country, including climate change and disaster risk management, are tackled.
Within the PIDF process, he said, Fiji took another step forward by developing a Green Growth Framework (GGF). The framework is to guide its progress under the overarching Government policy on the ‘People’s Charter for Change Peace and Progress’ (PCCPP).
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