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More than 40 communities to be relocated

April 25, 2021 5:47 am
Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum [top, right] while addressing the high-level ministerial event on Adaptation and Resilience [Source: Twitter]

More than 40 communities have been earmarked for relocation due to sea-level rise, saltwater intrusion and other water-related hazards.

Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum in addressing the high-level ministerial event on Adaptation and Resilience says they have already relocated six vulnerable Fijian communities to high ground.

Sayed-Khaiyum says the Climate Relocation and Displaced Peoples Trust is designed to harness multilateral support to bring security to these communities.

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He adds other coastal areas in Fiji are being fortified with nature-based eco-walls of mangroves, vetiver grass and boulders to protect from coastal erosion.

The Attorney General says they are piloting a Parametric Climate and Disaster Risk Micro-insurance Product which we hope can be scaled up in Fiji and to other small island developing states.

Sayed-Khaiyum participated in a virtual Leaders Summit on Climate convened by the United States Government and facilitated by the United States Special Envoy for Climate, John Kerry.

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