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Climate change vulnerability and adaptation assessment for Fiji

All nations, including Fiji, that are signatories to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change(UNFCCC) are obliged to provide National Communications to the Conference of Parties (COP) of the UNFCCC. The COP4 stressed the need for parties to the Convention to take into account the need for establishing implementation strategies for adaptation to climate and sea-level changes. As such, Fiji is required to submit a National Communication document that shall include information on climate change vulnerability and adaptation implementation policies and strategies. The methodology used in this assessment is based on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) technical guidelines (Carter et al, 1994) for assessing climate change impacts and adaptation. Firstly, the present conditions are examined and key sectors identified. Then, future climatic and non-climatic scenarios are used to examine the possible effects of climate and sea-level changes on the various sectors identified. These then form the basis for identifying possible adaptation response measures for endorsement, adoption and implementation by the Fiji government. Because of the many gaps in present knowledge, and the fact that this study is focussed only on Viti Levu, the recommendations in this report should be seen as starting point for an on-going process of vulnerability and adaptation assessment in Fiji
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Feresi, J., Kenny, G., de Wet, N., Limalevu, L., Jagat, B., Inoke, R. (Eds.) (2000). Climate change vulnerability and adaptation assessment for Fiji. Report prepared for The World Bank Group by International Global Change Institute(IGCI), University of Waikato, in partnership with South Pacific Regional Environment Programme(SPREP) and Pacific Islands Climate Change Assistance Programme (PICCAP), Fiji Country Team. Hamilton, New Zealand: International Global Change Institute.
The International Global Change Institute (IGCI), University of Waikato.