A team of Dutch water experts is being deployed in Fiji to support resilience against floods and to help mitigate consequences of floods in the Ba and Rakiraki catchments.
Climate change along with changing land use exacerbates the flood risks facing these two catchments causing tremendous social and economic loss.
Mitigating the recurring floods in Fiji requires an integrated approach. To mitigate floods in the Ba and Rakiraki catchments, there is a need to first understand the flood risk factors in the catchments and then devise strategies to mitigate the impacts.
Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development, Waterways and Environments Hon. Dr. Mahendra Reddy said mitigating flood is a priority where floods cause a huge amount of social and economic loss in the country.
“It is time now that we move away from being reactive to flood disasters to actually implementing specific activities aimed at mitigating flood risks”, he said.
Hon. Dr. Reddy reiterated the need to further our resilience to floods through strategically informed interventions.
The Dutch DRR team will contribute to understanding the flood risk factors in the Ba and Rakiraki catchments and through informed recommendations would pave the way for holistic flood management in Fiji.
The team will work with the Ministry of Waterways and Environment and aims to support the Ministry to further strengthen its flood management activities and better coordinate interventions for Fiji.