ASSISTANT roko tui from various provinces in the country and conservation officers have been trained on how to conduct rapid vulnerability and adaptation assessments (V&A).
This assessment, developed by the Australia-funded Enhancing Climate Change Adaptation of Rural Communities of Fiji (ECCA) Project, has also been adopted by the government to conduct a national resilience assessment of rural villages in Fiji.
"As a result, 12 Fijian village communities have undergone climate change awareness sessions," ECCA Project manager Leone Limalevu said.
These villages are Votua in Nadroga, Buretu in Tailevu, Navukailagi in Gau, Druadrua in Macuata, Bavu in Nadroga, Korotasere on Vanua Levu, Yadua Island in Bua, Soso in Yasawa, Navala in Ba, Ono in Kadavu, Daku in Tailevu and Barotu in Ra.
"Except for the villages of Soso and Navala, these communities have completed the implementation of adaptation activities.
"These included water supply development, health and sanitation activities, activities related to ensuring food security, mitigation of inundation and coastal erosion, and the control of river bank erosion."
Mr Limalevu said these activities were carried out in conjunction with external technical and professional experts.