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Narikoso village relocation process clarified

September 5, 2018 12:03 am

All necessary ground assessments involving the relocation of seven households in Narikoso village in Ono, Kadavu being impacted by climate change have been completed.

Construction of the houses is expected to begin in November on the new village location which is 100 metres inland.

This has been possible through the Ministry of Rural and Maritime development, disaster management and Meteorology services in partnership with the Germany Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ).

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They have clarified that the relocation took time as the project had to follow all Fijian government rules and regulations which govern land acquisition, the types of surveys that needed to be conducted on the site and procurement processes.

Prerequisite ground assessments were conducted before houses were relocated and the site layout plan had to be drawn together with an approval of the environmental impact assessment.

The Health Ministry vetted the site layout and approved the proposed layout.

Project funds are also received in tranches from Germany upon request after a finance report is submitted to the GIZ.

Livelihood and disaster risk reduction training has also been planned for the people of Narikoso geared towards improving the overall resilience of Narikoso to climate change and disasters.

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