Internal displacement by ‘disasters’

Royal Australian Air Force brought in Severe Tropical Cyclone Yasa relief supplies at Nadi International Airport. Picture: REINAL CHAND

Fiji is one of 23 countries in the Asia-Pacific region that recognises internal displacement caused by disasters, says a new report released by the Asian Development Bank and the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre.

The “Disaster Displacement in Asia and the Pacific” report gave Fiji an index of 0.6 out of 1.0 when it came to having measures to prevent future displacement.

“The National Climate Change Policy 2018−2030 and the National Adaptation Plan of Fiji both recognise the impacts of climate change on displacement and call for targeted action to protect communities most at risk,” the report read.

“The Fiji National Planned Relocation Guidelines establish processes for addressing the risk of climate and disaster-driven displacement.

“Small island states in the Pacific have demonstrated high levels of resilience and leadership on the issues of displacement and planned relocation.

“Lessons learned have been translated into policies and best practices for countries like Fiji and Vanuatu, while others are following suit.

“The role of indigenous knowledge will remain essential in supporting the resilience of communities exposed to disasters and the effects of climate change in the Pacific.”

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