Riverbank erosion is a growing problem for local communities in Fiji today.
Since most towns and rural communities in Fiji are situated along riverbanks, they are vulnerable to potential climate change impacts of increasing sea levels, cyclones, and more frequent and intense rainfall.
The impact of sea level rise are threatening the very existence of local communities situated along riverbanks in Fiji.
“The Ministry of Waterways and Environment is now working on nature based solutions to protect river banks.”
Dr Mahendra Reddy has confirmed that the ministry is working on long term solutions and designs to better protect waterways.
“The ministry will continue to use vetiver grass to control river bank erosion in affected communities.”
The personal safety and shelter, as well as sources of their livelihoods, of villages that live along the riverside are at threat from river bank erosion and its impacts.