Naivaka Village - Affected by raising sea levels
The effects of Climate Change and rising sea levels have become quite visible on many of the coastal villages in Bua.
Island ecosystems like Yaqaga, Yadua, Galoa and Tavea have been ravaged by surging tides due to the impact of Climate Change on our small islands. For the villagers on these four islands, every day is a struggle as part of their foreshore continues to disappear and over the last decade the impact has nevertheless increased.
The Provincial Council has been undertaking Vulnerability and Adaptation Assessments in some villages throughout Bua, and hopes to complete these assessments once more funding is secured. The Itaukei Affairs Board together with the Climate Change Unit under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs have been working together to gather information from the 1172 Itaukei villages in Fiji. The Conservation Officer within the Council is tasked with carrying out the V&A Assessment which is then sent back to TAB and forwarded to the Climate Change Unit for final review and prioritisation of which villages need to be assisted first.
The impact of Climate Change has also affected the water supply in many of our villages as well as surrounding settlements. Coastal villages like Natokalau in Kubulau district have complained that now the drinking water is salty. The rising tides have also caused anger among the villagers, as decades old cemeteries that were once beyond the reach of the sea have started to crumble as the unrelenting sea rushes in at high tide. In the 54 villagers throughout Bua, villages that are being affected Climate Change events are taking precautions and doing what they can until Government assistance arrives.
More updates on Climate Change events in Bua soon.