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In 2015 Pacific iCLIM project officers visited each of their three pilot countries and worked with local government officers to undertake data and information stocktakes. The stocktakes were carried out in Vanuatu (June 2015), Fiji (July 2015) and Tonga (August 2015). Abstract: The purpose of the climate change data/information stocktake in the three pilot countries was to: Discover what data and information assets (related to climate change planning and decision making) are being created and...
Organizational structure of Fiji. National Disaster Management Office
Fiji Times News, 28 December 2014. Cabinet is expected to make a decision on the declaration of an environmental emergency in certain public places in Suva that have been affected by the waste water spillage. National Disaster Management director Manasa Tagicakibau said the declaration of a disaster risk area would give them more legal power to enforce advisories and keep people out of the water. People have been advised not to swim and fish in the sewage contaminated ocean and coastline along...
Fiji Times News, 10 February 2015. Changes in climatic conditions and increases in weather variability affect human wellbeing, safety, health and survival in many ways. A warmer climate is expected to both increase the risk of heat-related illnesses and death and worsen conditions for air quality. Climate change will likely increase the frequency and strength of extreme events such as droughts, floods and storms that threaten human safety and health
Fiji Times News, 9 January 2015. The National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) received a timely boost with a $50,000 assistance through the Fiji Red Cross Society from the Australian government. Apart from the $50,000 to the Fiji Red Cross Society, the Australian Government also handed over communications equipment worth $27,830 to the NDMO office to assist its staff in their duties during natural disasters
FBC News, 9 February 2015. More villages will be relocated due to rising sea levels caused by climate change. Fiji’s climate will become warmer, dry seasons will be drier, rainfall and tropical cyclones will increase. Around 800 communities in Fiji have been impacted by climate change. 45 will have to be relocated in the next 5 to 20 years. These are coastal communities from the maritime islands and those on major river banks
FBC News, 19 January 2015. The Weather Office says a trough of low pressure remains slow moving over Fiji and continues to bring rain to the country. For the next few days, there will be occasional showers over the Eastern parts and the interior of the larger islands. People travelling by boat are urged to be mindful of the weather and avoid travelling when heavy rain and strong wind warnings are in place
Fiji Times News, 19 January 2015. Issues related to climate change adaptation will be a key focus for the Mamanuca Environment Society this year. One way it hopes to achieve this is by working directly with communities living with the effects of climate change. The organisation is also hopeful of working with more government stakeholders and environment organisations to promote sustainable management and protection of biodiversity
Meeting statement of the representatives of Fiji community at national government, local government, civil society organisations, private sector, development partners at regional and international levels, and the community attending the inaugural National Platform for Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change at Novotel Convention Centre, Lami from 19 – 22 August 2014
Fiji Times News, 16 February 2015. The health of Fiji's population will be one of the key factors affected by the shifts in weather patterns and climate change. This was the view of and the message acting permanent secretary for foreign affairs Esala Nayasi during a recent Climate Change and Health Adaptation Symposium held in Suva. The health of our population is sensitive to shifts in weather patterns and other aspects of climate change. And the most effective measures to reduce...
In future, billions of dollars of new business investment will pour into hazard-exposed regions, largely determining the outlook for disaster risk. In most economies, including Fiji, the private sector is responsible for 70-85 percent of this investment. Therefore, the decisions made by Fijian business leaders in this respect have far-reaching consequences on disaster risk accumulation and on underlying risk drivers
Fiji Times News, 16 February 2015. Health Ministry is relocating three health centres because of climate change effects, specifically the rise in sea levels. Climate change is affecting our health infrastructure. Either it is damages to the building, roads or access to our health facilities, intrusion of water into our compounds, water shortage forcing health centres to close or the rise in sea level
Fiji Times News, 13 February 2015. Forty five communities in Fiji are projected to be relocated in the next five to 10 years because of climate change impacts. This projection followed extensive vulnerability and adaptation assessments, which was conducted at community level - statistics collected from both the Ministry of iTaukei Affairs and the Climate Change Division. Fiji was experiencing first‐hand the impacts of climate change, particularly the rise in sea level which was forcing people...
Fiji Sun New, 12 February 2015. Eight hundred communities in Fiji have been affected by climate change. After extensive vulnerability and adaptation assessments at community level, statistics collected from both the Ministry of iTaukei Affairs and the Climate Change Division revealed that around 800 communities in Fiji have been impacted by climate change
Fiji Sun News, 11 March 2015. Fiji Ports Terminal Limited will take the necessary action should Fiji face the brunt of Tropical Cyclone Pam. The Fiji Ports Disaster Committee consists of Fiji Ports Terminal and Fiji Ports Corporation Limited representatives who will meet today to assess the movements of the cyclone. It is a 10-member team headed by Harbour Master Captain Laisiasa
The Fiji Times Online, 24 March 2015. Plans will be put in place by the National Disaster Management Ministry to counter disasters in the near future
26 March 2015. Remote island communities in Fiji’s Yasawa Islands will be better prepared to have food supplies in times of disaster, even if their crops are destroyed. A new Food Bank project will help villages have a ready supply of food and water, with risk-resilient crops and farming techniques being introduced to help the communities become more resilient to climate change and disasters. This initiative is the result of a partnership with Vinaka Fiji and Commissioner Western’s Office, with...
Fiji Sun Online, 28 March 2015. Government is continuing its preparedness against natural disaster. The Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and National Disaster Management, conducted an awareness workshop for disaster management and climate change adaption for agriculture station officers. This training is one way of addressing these issues. It is important that we develop a plan that covers all disasters in terms of appropriate measures to be taken to save farmers’ crops and livestock
Fiji Sun Online, 28 March 2015. Remote island communities in Fiji’s Yasawa Islands will be better prepared to have food supplies in times of disaster, even if their crops are destroyed. A new Food Bank project will help villages have a ready supply of food and water, with risk-resilient crops and farming techniques being introduced to help the communities become more resilient to climate change and disasters
Fiji is a focus country for the Pacific Risk Resilience Programme (PRRP) to help support and identify new and existing opportunities within Fiji’s evolving national CCDRM processes. PRRP takes a ‘learning by doing’ approach involving trialling, or Model Testing, innovative ways of integrating CCDRM into broader socio-economic development