The Fijian Government yet again delivered one of its promises following the commissioning of the newly- built Dravuni seawall in the Tailevu province by the Prime Minister Honourable Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama.
In his official remarks, Prime Minister Bainimarama reaffirmed his government’s priorities of helping Fijian families adapt to the devastating impacts of climate change.
“Climate change is not a problem Fiji caused but rather a problem we’re left contending with all the same,” he said.
“Right now, due to COVID-19, much of the major meetings to address this issue have been delayed but that can’t be an excuse for delayed climate action, not when lives and livelihoods here in Dravuni and all around the world hang in the balance.
“While it breaks my heart, it also gives me renewed inspiration for my government to do everything possible to help Fijian families adapt because no matter the adversity that faces us, we Fijians are not an easily-defeated people.
“So these seawalls are just one way that we can allow you and those who come after you to not only survive, but to thrive. That’s precisely why we’re here today.”
The newly-completed seawall is an investment of an estimated half a million dollars, spanning a length of 250 meters, built to a standard aimed at maximum protection from coastal erosion.
The Prime Minister also encouraged the community to work with the Ministry of Waterways to adapt to the natural “first line defence” system, that is, planting mangroves to complement the new seawall in order to keep the rising seas at bay.
The villagers of Dravuni sincerely thanked the Prime Minister and his government for safeguarding the lives of the present and future generations with the construction of the newly-built seawall.