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Protecting Fiji’s Coastline From Climate Change

Stakeholders need to work with Government to ensure measures are put in place to protect Fiji’s coastlines from the impact of climate change. These were the words of the project
29 Mar 2018 10:00
Protecting Fiji’s Coastline From  Climate Change
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH Marine and Coastal Biodiversity Management in Pacific Island Countries Project Director Jan Steffen ( middle with garland) with participants at the Climate Change Adaptation Seminar at Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa on Denarau Island in Nadi on March 28, 2018. Photo: Arieta Vakasukawaqa

Stakeholders need to work with Government to ensure measures are put in place to protect Fiji’s coastlines from the impact of climate change.

These were the words of the project director for Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) Jan Steffen while speaking at the Climate Change Adaptation Seminar at Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa on Denarau Island yesterday.

The seminar, organised by the University of Fiji (UoF), had close to 20 participants from the university, Government and other stakeholders where they presented their studies in the field of marine coastal, resource mapping, climate change impact and adaptation strategies.

Mr Steffen said for over the past seven to eight years he had worked with various stakeholders within the Pacific and had seen people were more preservative of their coastlines.

He added in Fiji, people were more resourceful in protecting their ecosystem.

The University of Fiji Dean for the School of Science and Technology, Priyatma Singh, presented a project in which they had worked in collaboration with the University of South Florida in the United States of America.

The project titled ‘Developing Base Maps of Tropical Aquatic Resources in the Pacific’ was funded by USAID through Pacific American Climate Fund.

Ms Singh also urged participants to remember that the region was surrounded by the ocean and that people depended on it for their daily survival.

“This project has improved few courses within our school and helped in the forming of other courses, it has also assisted in the establishment of the GIS services at our university,” she added.

Edited by Mohammed Zulfikar

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