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Relocation is Last Resort: Korovusere

Relocation must be the last resort for communities threatened by climate change. A workshop on climate change and relocation heard in Suva that communities must be made aware of vulnerability
21 Aug 2014 20:55
Relocation is Last Resort: Korovusere
Hundreds of Hindu devotee gathered at My Suva Park in Suva to Mark the final ritual of Ganesh Utsav (Lord Ganesha prayer) on September 12, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Relocation must be the last resort for communities threatened by climate change.

A workshop on climate change and relocation heard in Suva that communities must be made aware of vulnerability of villages before they made decisions on their security and future.

Marilyn Korovusere of the iTaukei Affairs Ministry said any village relocation must be communal and inclusive.

“Relocation must be the final option and we need to look first at building higher structures and food security,” she said.

She said the community must be made fully aware of the issues related to any relocation from their current site.

“They must bear in mind the social and economic impacts of their relocation,” Ms Korovusere said.

These impacts included sources of water for the villagers and areas in which they could make new food gardens.

Ms Korovusere said once the community had taken all possible impacts into consideration, they would need to move together.

“Threatened communities need help to find sufficient land for the relocation. This would be done alongside the provision of technical assistance in planning and finances prior to moving to new sites,” she said.

She reminded the workshop participants that traditional or cultural obligations must also be taken into consideration by communities.

She said it was important to consider the livelihood of threatened communities so they could be relocated to areas where the same type of income generation was available.

To date 42 communities have been relocated while 800 are at risk and to be relocated within the next five to ten years.

The three-day workshop was organised by the Pacific Conference of Churches and Nansen Initiative, attended by representative of government departments, non-government organisations and civil societies dealing with climate change.

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