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EDITORIAL: Climate Change Is Real, Just See Its Impact On Kumi Village, Verata Tailevu

The delegation from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change yesterday saw for themselves the effects of climate change here. They visited the Kumi Village seawall site in Verata,
02 Feb 2017 11:00
EDITORIAL: Climate Change Is Real, Just See Its Impact On Kumi Village, Verata Tailevu
Editorial

The delegation from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change yesterday saw for themselves the effects of climate change here.

They visited the Kumi Village seawall site in Verata, Tailevu.

It was certainly an eye opener for the group. They were told the seawall site was previously part of the village green with homes and trees.

This was the third seawall built for the village over the years.

The UNFCCC delegation based in Bonn, Germany, acknowledged that seeing the effects of climate change first hand was different from just talking about it.

The Kumi Village seawall project is part of the Government’s initiative to assist vulnerable communities.

It aims to mitigate the effects of rising sea levels due to climate change and to halt adverse impacts experienced for years.

The UNFCCC team is here to help Fiji plan for COP23.

The meeting which started on Monday ended with the visit to Kumi Village.

Villagers welcomed their visitors and shared their stories.  These are stories of heartache and pain when homes and farms are destroyed by natural disasters.

Many in Kumi Village like Jemesa Sausaukalou had to relocate inland when Cyclone Kina destroyed his home in 1992.

The effect of climate change are real and the onus is on everyone to do their part to reduce the risk of disaster. Not just Government.

Government has accepted that disasters are now the new norm. We have to adapt and mitigate risks associated with climate change.

A brief for the UNFCCC outlined that community based approaches to development worked best. This is because it recognised the values of our culture and also build resilience to disasters and climate change.

On a global scale, we are yet again punching above our weight in the fight against climate change. Fiji’s role to preside over COP23 in November is testament to that. We are not going to rest on our laurels. We see climate change happening every day. We must fight.

Our survival, and that of other vulnerable island states, depends on it.

Feedback:  rosi.doviverata@fijisun.com.fj

 



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