Fiji has been ranked as the 14th most exposed country to Natural Disasters and one of the most vulnerable countries in the world.
This is according to the 2016 World Risk Report which was highlighted by the Permanent Secretary for Rural and Maritime Development, National Disaster Management and Meteorological Services, Meleti Bainimarama.
Bainimarama was speaking at the Practitioner-to-Practitioner Forum on Strengthening Capacities of Public Administration in Island States held in Sri Lanka.
The ranking is based on our exposure to various hazards such as tropical cyclones, flooding’s, landslides, earthquakes, droughts and tsunamis.
He further added that through the COP23 Presidency role, Fiji is now placing greater emphasis on the integration of Climate Change Adaptation and disaster risk reduction at both the Regional and National level.
Senior Government officials from over fourteen Island states in the Asia, Africa and the Pacific region are part of the week-long Forum.