NAP-GSP connects with Mr. Manasa Ralwa Tagicakibau, former Divisional Commissioner for Western Fiji, to learn more about building risk-informed governance and integrating climate change into development at national and sub-national levels, to advance climate change adaptation.
Adaptation and resilience have historically been the way of life for Fiji. Isolated from the rest of the world and at the mercy of the Pacific Ocean that surrounds the small island state, Fijians must plan and incorporate climate-related hazards into everyday life. Climate change brings additional challenges. Coastal erosion and flooding is forcing entire communities to relocate. Incorporating adaptive practices and actions into all sectors of government is essential for sustainable development, economic growth and protecting livelihoods.
We are building an adaptive mindset in our people. If houses are built to the required standards, there will be less need for people to go to the evacuation centres. We are strengthening the resilience of our people, whilst ensuring that public infrastructure such as schools, health centres and roads, are all built to standards which are sustainable and adaptive.