Building Resilience – Strengthening Community Adaptation Measures to Effects of Climate Change in the Fiji Islands

Reducing the risks associated with the impacts of extreme weather and climate change is a fundamental development challenge faced by Fiji, which must be urgently addressed in order to safeguard and improve livelihoods, economic wellbeing and health, as well as maintain biodiversity and culture.

This project is currently managed by three partner organizations – WWF, Department of Land Use Planning and Live & Learn. WWF is the lead organization with a strong body of expertise and credibility in Climate Change adaptation field and advocacy work focusing mainly on coastal marine regions of target areas. The Department of Land Use and Planning is mandated by the Fiji Government to undertake national planning, development and management of land resources with focus on sustainable land use approaches.

Live & Learn has been leading components of the project dealing with community based approaches to safeguarding and improving water resources through the RiverCare and Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) programs. Live & Learn is working in two provinces – Ba and Macuata from the two main islands Vitilevu and Vanua Levu respectively.

Live & Learn’s role, is to enable communities to be firstly, health secure. This is through the proper maintenance and management of water and water sources before, during and after natural disasters. Secondly, through the sustainable management of river resources to promote ecological stability and food security. The program ensures the communities’ adaptation to climate change and disaster risk reduction focuses on understanding and increasing resilience of both human communities and their natural ecosystems. The actions undertaken by communities will effectively address their vulnerabilities and contribute effectively to national climate change targets and priorities.