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Experts Offer Vital Advice to Workers

The Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) staff members have been taking part in a series of workshops on climate change and its risks. Earlier this year, WAF representatives attended the
24 Jun 2017 11:00
Experts Offer Vital Advice to Workers

The Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) staff members have been taking part in a series of workshops on climate change and its risks. Earlier this year, WAF representatives attended the first phase of workshops in Sydney, Australia.

As part of the second phase, a ‘Climate Change Adaptation Risk’ workshop was facilitated by Nicola Nelson, manager, health, environment and asset science, customer strategy and regulation, Sydney Water Corporation, at the Holiday Inn Suva on Wednesday.

Joining WAF officials were representatives from key stakeholders like the Fiji Roads Authority (FRA), Fiji Electricity Authority (FEA), Fiji Metrological Services (FMS), Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, Ministry of Health and Medical Services, representatives from Water PNG, Samoa Water Authority, Sydney Water, as well as a representative from Water Links in Asia also attended the training.

The week-long training was sponsored by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

Discussions by the participants focussed on how public utilities could work together effectively on future developments or in times of crisis.

ADB’s water operator partnership facilitator, Christopher Moster, commended the participants saying this was his first experience of seeing technical working groups from different utilities and government agencies coming together in a spirit of co-operation and common purpose.

WAF chief executive officer Opetaia Ravai said their contribution to formulating a Climate Change Adaptation risk register was “invaluable” as climate change impacts not only water utilities, but also our roads, bridges and the electricity supply system.

 

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