USP assists in building coastal revetment for Fiji community
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The new coastal revetment at Vusasivo, Cakaudrove. Source: C-CAP
A project supported by The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development (PaCE-SD) saw the launch of a new coastal revetment at Vusasivo in Natewa, Cakaudrove on 7 September 2016.
The province of Cakaudrove is located in Vanua Levu, Fiji’s second largest island.
Vusasivo is one of the seventy-seven (77) communities in the Pacific assisted by the United States Agency for International Development's (USAID) Coastal Community Adaptation Project (C-CAP) and is supported by USP’s PaCE-SD.
USP Project Community Liaison Officer, Teddy Fong said, they conducted participatory risk mapping and infrastructure prioritisation exercises with the community in order to identify their most vulnerable needs.
“Under this same project the team developed the communities first Disaster Management Plan which was put to the test during TC Winston,” he explained.
“The PaCE-SD Community Coordinators engage sub-national level government officials in all community engagements to ensure the sustainability of the project,” Mr Fong added.
The new 210 metre-long coastal revetment will not only sustain the shoreline but cushion it against big waves, therefore avoiding soil erosion.
It is also expected to protect more than fifty (50) houses in the village from rising sea levels and storm surges experienced during adverse weather conditions.
Fiji’s former Minister for Lands and Mineral Resources, Honourable Mereseini Vuniwaqa officiated at the ceremony.
Through the five-year implementation of the Coastal Community Adaptation Project (C CAP), USAID will help build the resilience of vulnerable coastal communities in the Pacific Island region; with increased capacity for climate-smart decision-making.
Communities will then be positioned to adapt to the short and longer term effects of climate change.
C-CAP is building community resilience to climate change in the Pacific region by: rehabilitating and constructing new, small-scale community infrastructure; and building capacity for community engagement for disaster prevention and preparedness.
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