A VILLAGE in Kadavu threatened by rising sea levels has started preparations for relocation, planting 12,000 yaqona plants that could raise an income of $100,000 in five years.
The village has also contributed pine trees for the building of 27 new homes at the new site.
Narikoso Village spokesman Kelepi Saukitoga said the villagers were ready to move.
Speaking in the iTaukei language, Mr Saukitoga said while various government departments and NGOs had visited their village to prepare them for the relocation, villagers themselves had started a fund to assist with the move. He said the village had also set up an operations account in preparation for future disasters.
The operations account would be used for disaster relief.
This week, a National Climate Change workshop in Nadi heard that about $200,000 has been spent on the excavation of land where the new village will be relocated.
Mr Saukitoga and a few other villagers are attending the week-long Nadi workshop.