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Glossary for iTaukei terms

Ropate Valemei
Saturday, November 17, 2012

Cabinet will endorse a glossary of climate change terms in the iTaukei (indigenous Fijian) language next Tuesday.

This was revealed at the National Climate Change Country Team meeting at Holiday Inn in Suva yesterday.

The Fiji national climate change policy which was launched early this year identified the need to develop locally appropriate awareness materials in all common vernaculars.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation officer Penina Tuivanuayalewa said this was partly in recognition of the fact that rural communities were one of the groups most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.

"Almost 60 phrases and words are in the glossary and the exercise has resulted in the formation of some new iTaukei words," she said.

"The iTaukei climate change glossary was published in July 2012 and will be distributed after endorsement by the Cabinet."

Ms Tuivanuayalewa said the development of the iTaukei climate change glossary was being led by the Ministry of iTaukei Affairs in partnership with Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation and the Forestry Department.

Government agencies, non-governmental organisations, development partners and the private sector contributed to the development of the glossary.

Ministry of iTaukei permanent secretary Savenaca Kaunisela said Fiji lacked an official guiding document on climate change terms and phrases in iTaukei.

"This is of particular concern given the increasing number of climate change initiatives currently being undertaken in rural iTaukei communities and the amount of vernacular material being generated and disseminated," he said.


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