PM Bainimarama: Fiji needs $9.6bn for climate change resilience efforts over 10 years

Fiji's Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama. Picture: FT FILE/SUPPLIED

GOVERNMENT will need $US4.5billion ($F9.64bn) worth of resources, technology and expertise to ensure its climate change resilience over the next 10 years.

This was revealed by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama at the second day of the fifth Pacific Urban Forum in Nadi.

“Climate adaptation is engrained throughout every aspect of the NDP (National Development Plan) and we’ve also undertaken a comprehensive climate vulnerability assessment across our economy that has placed a $US4.5b value on the resources, technology and expertise we need to adapt the Fijian economy over ten years,” he said.

“That’s no small cost but we recognise that bearing such expenditures today will spare future generations from paying to fix our mistakes.”

He said Government had been working to ensure that Fiji’s economy could adapt to the impacts of climate change.

“Guided by these strategic documents, along with the mandates of the Fijian Constitution, we’ve put forward innovative programs to increase home ownership among Fijian families, create more opportunities for affordable housing, and build economic ecosystems on foundations of reliable and resilient infrastructure and services, with amenities such as markets, food stalls and schools, creating environments that improve urban wellbeing and work to implement the 17 SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals).

“In implementing those goals and delivering on the 2030 agenda, there is a great deal we can learn from the experiences of other nations.”

He said while actions had been taken to adopt the 2030 agenda, the Pacific was a region that had unique problems.

“We face unique challenges owed to our geography, our history and our systems of land ownership and tenure.

“Overcoming those challenges requires that we actually listen to our citizens who are living in our urban areas, or who are faced with the prospect of moving from their rural communities.”

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