Agreement of cooperation in building resilience to climate change

Minister for Local Government, Housing and Community Development Parveen Kumar Bala and Silvia Gallo after the signing. Picture: SUPPLIED

AN agreement of cooperation with the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and the Fijian government was signed yesterday that will see 16 urban informal settlements receive support in building resilience to climate change and disaster risk through an adaptation fund programme to the tune of $9.024 million (US$4.2m).

The 16 informal settlements earmarked for the programme are situated in Nadi, Lami, Lautoka and Sigatoka.

Minister of Local Government, Housing and Community Development, Parveen Kumar while officiating at the event said over the next four years the communities will be supported to prioritise their resilience projects such as drainage, access roads and bridges, flood protection.

“As you are aware, the Government has moved into informal settlements to formalise settlements by issuing 99 year leases,” Mr Kumar said.

UN-Habitat’s Urban Climate Resilience team leader, Silvia Gallo, who will be based with the Ministry for the next four years, said they were happy to continue with this “very good project with the Government”.

“We will be reinforcing the synergies of the excellent work that the Government is doing in the informal settlements and this project does not come as a replacement but as an additional support to the Government of Fiji,” Ms Gallo said.

Half of the funding will be utilised to directly support community infrastructure but these settlements will also receive capacity development to support resilient livelihoods and the Ministry will work with Live and Learn Environmental Education to support the communities.

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