The Coastal Inundation Forecasting Demonstration Project – Fiji (CIFDP-F) Final Stakeholders Meeting was officially opened in Nadi .

The meeting is hosted by the Department of Fiji Meteorological Service (FMS).

This is a World Meteorological Organization(WMO) Project, funded by the Korean Government and has been underway since 2013.

Participants at the meeting include partner agencies and the institutional end-user stakeholders, such as the Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development, Ministry of Infrastructure, Transport, Disaster Management and Meteorological Service, other government agencies and non-governmental organisations. International experts from the CIFDP-F Project Steering Group (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Japan, Russia) are also be present at the meeting.

The meeting will discuss the key results of the CIFDP with demonstrated benefits to Fiji, including feedback from the users and lessons learned.

The overall CIFDP concept facilitates the development of efficient forecast and warning systems to protect coastal communities and support sustainable development.

The CIFDP is about using existing model and data from the hydrology, oceanography and meteorology communities. These model data are available by open access, thus, no hindrance to upgrade and are cost effective. In addition, solutions are adapted for the needs and capacity of Fiji.

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