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Fiji village relocated under climate change programme

First community moved under national initiative as rising sea levels flood houses and farmlands

(Pic: Flickr/Frontierofficial)

(Pic: Flickr/Frontierofficial)

The Fijian village of Vunidogolo has become the first to be relocated under the country’s climate change programme.

Rising sea levels forced the community to abandon their traditional compound, according to reports in the Fiji Times.

Locals say effect of climate change has resulted in seawater flowing into the village compound during high tide, damaging houses and ruining crops.

The government has contributed $879,000, around two-thirds of the capital for the move.

“This cost includes the construction of the 30 houses, fish ponds and copra drier, farms and other projects we have set up in the new village site,” Acting Commissioner Northern Alipate Bolalevu was quoted as saying.

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Plans for the move were proposed over a year ago, and it is expected 34 others villages will also be moved as Fiji grapples with an eroding coastline and an encroaching ocean.

A recent report by the yhe Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) estimates sea levels will rise between 26 and 82 centimetres over the next 100 years.

Last July a Pacific Island summit in Fiji involving 17 nations promised to “redouble efforts” to secure a tough new climate change deal at the UN.

Fiji and its fellow Pacific state Samoa are still recovering from Tropical Cyclone Evan, which hit in December 2012.

It is thought to be one of the worst storms since 1990, causing around $300 million worth of damage.


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  • JohnC

    Global sea levels have only risen 3 mm (1/8 inch) annually during the past 20 years. Most of the change that this village has experienced may be due to natural rise and fall of local land masses.

  • Warm Day

    Is a mini ice age on the way? Scientists warn the Sun is ‘asleep’ http://dailym.ai/1kHJl15 via @MailOnline

    • ND

      Do read what the quoted scientist himself, Mike Lockwood, is saying.
      “Unfortunately, I now find myself in the position of being cited as predicting that the current rapid decline in solar activity will plunge the world into a “Little Ice Age”. This is very disappointing as it is not at all
      supported by the science.”. He explains why the “Little Ice Age” wasn’t really an ice
      age, how “Evidence is growing for a regional effect
      of low solar activity”- and why “Another Maunder minimum would have a very
      small effect globally”. He concludes :
      “Our research tells us very clearly that this
      decline has only very small implications for global climate, but it
      does also indicate that Europe may have to get used to a higher
      frequency of colder winters. These conclusions in no way contradict
      each other and I think they are both interesting and
      important”. Here is his article: http://www.carbonbrief.org/blog/2013/11/solar-activity-and-the-so-called-%E2%80%9Clittle-ice-age%E2%80%9D/ . The BBC has also summed up this research, without misrepresenting it as the Dailymail did.

    • Danx

      We are living in an ice age anyway. One of the definitions of an ice age is ice on north and south pole.

  • Hugh Murdoch

    Even if the situation is a combination of land sinking and sea level rising, the net effect is the same – the community has to move. Once again, those most affected are those least responsible and least able to afford such a relocation.