A team of Dutch water experts is currently being deployed in Fiji to support resilience against floods and to help mitigate consequences of floods in the Ba and Rakiraki catchments. Climate change along with changing land use exacerbates the flood risks facing these two catchments.
In Fiji, floods continue to cause tremendous social and economic loss. Human lives and livelihoods are regularly lost, prompting up the need to better understand the flood risk factors and devising strategies to mitigate these risks.
Mitigating the recurring floods in Fiji requires an integrated approach. To mitigate floods in the Ba and Rakiraki catchments, there is a need to first understand the flood risk factors in the catchments and then devise strategies to mitigate the impacts.
The Dutch DRR-Team consists of Fred de Bruijn, Victor Coenen, Koen Overkamp and Irene Pohl. They will contribute to understanding the flood risk factors in the Ba and Rakiraki catchments and through informed recommendations pave the way for holistic flood management in Fiji.
The DRR-mission team will work with the Ministry of Waterways and Environment, and aims to support the Ministry of Waterways and Environment to further strengthen its flood management activities and better coordinate interventions for Fiji.