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$9.3 billion needed to address Climate Change: FIJI AG

Nine point three billion(US$4.5 billion) will be needed by Fiji in the next 10 years to keep up to speed with the climatic changes that have an impact on our economy.

Attorney-General Aiyaz-Sayed Khaiyum revealed this while responding to Government MP – Mataiasi Niumataiwalu’s Parliament question on actions needed on Fiji’s Climate Vulnerability Assessment which was discussed during COP 23 in Bonn Germany.

“In this climate vulnerability assessment, there is also innovative analysis and methodology for example it investigates the impact of climate disasters on poor and inequality so that the Fijian Government can make risk management decision that are informed by poverty impacts and not just based on aggregate costs.”

Sayed-Khaiyum says there are enormous financial implications and to build resilience in infrastructure and resilience amongst Fijians, the right technology needs to be used.

He says this new technology will then help the economy withstand the enormous increase in frequency of climatic events.

Meanwhile, the continuous dissemination of information by the National Disaster Management Office to islands before Tropical Cyclone Gita struck greatly assisted communities.

Minister responsible, Inia Seruiratu says this was part of the first phase of the Disaster Response Management.

“The focus is on weather information and warning system, training and advocacy, likewise capability and capacity development. If we recall Gita, the warning was consistently because there was two Tropical Depression developing TD0F and TDO8F from the 1st to the 9th and Cyclone Gita on the 9th of February.”

Seruiratu says the Disaster Response management has three phases which was well undertaken before, during and after TC Gita.

He said the communities were well prepared and moved to evacuation centres well before the cyclone hit the islands.

Seruiratu was responding to a question posed by the Government MP Howard Politini on the development of Disaster Risk Management in line with TC Gita.

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