The ACP-EU NDRR-funded Climate Vulnerability Assessment: Making Fiji Climate Resilient, launched at COP23 in Bonn under Fiji’s historical Presidency of this major global event, provides significant new analysis of Fiji’s vulnerability to climate change. It includes projections that show the potential impacts of climate change on Fiji over the coming decades, and analyses of what climate change means for its economy, health and food security together with what it could mean for key industries including agriculture and tourism. And it presents a wide range of data and analyses of what projected sea level changes mean for coastal communities and low-lying islands in the country.
Key points from the report include:
- The number of Fijians being pushed into poverty and hardship could increase from 25,700 people per year to an estimated 32,400 per year by 2050.
- The growing cost of climate change-related disasters is likely to significantly rise, with projections that climate change could result in floods and cyclones leading to asset losses up to 30 percent higher than current averages.
- And that to reduce Fiji’s climate vulnerability – through a range of measures such as strengthening towns and cities, improving infrastructure, agriculture and fisheries – it would cost an estimated FJ$9.3 billion (US$4.5 billion) over 10 years.
The report can be accessed here.