Planning for community relocations due to climate change in Fiji

McNamara, Karen E. and Des Combes, Helene Jacot (2015) Planning for community relocations due to climate change in Fiji. International Journal of Disaster Risk Science, 6 3: 315-319. doi:10.1007/s13753-015-0065-2

Author McNamara, Karen E.
Des Combes, Helene Jacot
Title Planning for community relocations due to climate change in Fiji
Journal name International Journal of Disaster Risk Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2095-0055
Publication date 2015-09
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s13753-015-0065-2
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 6
Issue 3
Start page 315
End page 319
Total pages 5
Place of publication Heidelberg, Germany
Publisher SpringerOpen
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract As a consequence of the impacts of climate change, some households and entire communities across the Pacific are making the complex and challenging decision to leave their homelands and relocate to new environments that can sustain their livelihoods. This short article charts how the residents of Vunidogoloa village in Fiji relocated in early 2014 to reduce their vulnerability to encroaching sea level and inundation events that regularly devastated the community. As a consequence of the Vunidogoloa relocation, this article also explores how the Fiji Government is planning for similar resettlement transitions, including vulnerability and adaptation assessments to develop a list of potential community relocations and the development of national relocation guidelines. This study draws from key informant interviews (n = 8) with government officials, as well as representatives from intergovernmental and local nongovernmental organizations, who are involved in the relocation issue. Given the speed at which these national, top-down initiatives are being forged and especially in light of the absence of any mention of relocation in Fiji’s 2012 climate change policy, careful and inclusive engagement across all scales and stakeholders, including communities “earmarked” for relocation, is paramount.
Keyword Climate change
Community relocation
Risk planning
Sea level rise
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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