The ACP-EU NDRR Program-funded "Climate Vulnerability Assessment: Making Fiji Climate Resilient" was launched at COP23 in Bonn under Fiji’s historical Presidency of this major global event. It provides significant new analysis of Fiji’s vulnerability to climate change. It includes projections that show the potential impacts of climate change in Fiji over the coming decades, and analyses what climate change means for food security, people's health, and FIji's economy, together with what it could mean for key industries including agriculture and tourism. 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 rise significantly, with projections that climate change could result in floods and cyclones leading to asset losses up to 30 percent higher than current averages.
- Reducing Fiji’s climate vulnerability – through a range of measures such as strengthening towns and cities, improving infrastructure, agriculture and fisheries – would cost an estimated FJ$9.3 billion (US$4.5 billion) over 10 years.