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Communities Work To Strengthen Resilience

More communities at grassroots level in the Western Division are being exposed to impacts of disasters and climate change. This was discussed in the two-day Pacific Risk Resilience Programme (PRRP)
02 May 2015 09:07
Communities Work To Strengthen Resilience
Assistant Minister for Agriculture Joeli Cawaki (middle), with participants during the Pacific Risk Resilience Programme (PRRP) meeting at the Tanoa Waterfront Hotel in Lautoka. Photo: Salote Qalubau

More communities at grassroots level in the Western Division are being exposed to impacts of disasters and climate change.

This was discussed in the two-day Pacific Risk Resilience Programme (PRRP) meeting at the Tanoa Waterfront Hotel in Lautoka.

Assistant Minister for Agriculture Joeli Cawaki and Subnational level partners discussed ways to strengthen existing structures and policies to address these issues.

“Communities can become more resilient to climate change if routine Government, community and other planning takes these risks into account,” said Mr Cawaki.

He said several districts within Ba province such as Sabeto, Vitogo, Magodro and Naviti have been identified as the main focus areas.

At present there are 20 pilot- focused villages in the districts and the ministry plans to replicate similar measures in other divisions.

Mr Cawaki said that partnerships were crucial.

“The public/private sector partnership is part of UNDP PRPP Fiji with the Vinaka Fiji Project in the Yasawas being a tourism initiative of Awesome Adventures whereby the communities are encouraged to plant and store disaster resilient crops such as yams, tivoli and sweet potatoes.

Mr Cawaki said that the Fijian Government applied a proactive approach to improve disaster preparedness.

“The Fijian Government budget for 2015 has factored a lot of emergency relief food supplies and site relocation of previous government development projects because of the non-inclusion if risk resilience aspects in past planning and budgeting stages,” he said.

Mr Cawaki said that all stakeholders were to ensure that development planning was climate change and disaster risk management focused at every level.

“It is important to start preparing and planning during normal times when there are limited or nor impacts of climate change and disas ter,” he said.

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