Categories: Fiji Pavilion Events
Location: Fiji Pavilion (Bonn Zone)
Organiser: Fijian Ministry of Economy Climate Change Unit
Event Notes: During World Bank/IMF Spring meetings in Washington, the Government of Fiji requested the World Bank to carry out a Climate Vulnerability Assessment (CVA) of Fiji. This proposed initiative will help showcase the particular vulnerabilities faced by Fiji, as well as possible solutions to tackle climate change and boost resilience. The initiative will support the already strong political and institutional commitment of the Fijian Government to better understand and mitigate the impacts of climate change and natural hazards. The objective of the CVA is to identify Fiji's key vulnerabilities to natural hazards and climate change and prioritize measures to strengthen resilience. The specific objectives of the report are (i) to inform development planning and investment decisions in the Republic of Fiji, and (ii) pilots a methodology that is replicable to other countries to assess climate and disaster vulnerability and design climate change adaptation and risk management plans and strategies. It should also help strengthen Fiji’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC). The report aims to quantify and enhance the understanding of the threat that natural hazards and climate change pose to the country’s Development Plan and objectives. In analyzing the climate vulnerability of Fiji, this study considers two dimensions: (1) the physical threats to the country created by current climate variability and climate change, including shocks such as tropical cyclones and floods as well as longer-term stressors like sea-level rise or temperature impacts on health; and (2) development needs and opportunities of the country, as described in the 20-year and 5-year Development Plan. The analysis identifies threats that could jeopardize Fiji’s development needs and opportunities, and the interventions that could minimize these threats. An innovative approach has been used to undertake the analysis presented in this report, combining a cross-sectoral climate vulnerability assessment and preparation of integrated adaptation and disaster risk management plans. As the President of the COP23 and on behalf of the small island nations, and building on the findings of this report, Fiji is asking the world for drastic action on climate change—building resilience through adaptation and reducing greenhouse gas emissions so that climate change does not impose a limit to its development and the aspiration of its people to live in their own lands.
Website: Climate Change Unit