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Insight on change

Ana Madigibuli
Thursday, March 20, 2014

MARAMA na Roko Tui Dreketi Ro Teimumu Kepa and members of the Rewa Provincial Council were told of the impacts of climate change on their province and how it affected their livelihood during the council meeting yesterday.

Members of the council were given an insight into how climate change can destroy their resources and homes if not addressed urgently.

Council chairman Uraia Waibuta said climate change was an issue that impacted the lives of villagers living on the Rewa delta on a daily basis.

"We are the most vulnerable to climate change and the rising sea level is entering our villages, leaving a few villages having to relocate," Mr Waibuta said.

"We should understand that climate change is here to stay and it is better for us to see how best we can fix the issue.

"It is good that we realise at this point that certain studies are being carried out regarding the impacts of climate change in Rewa and the council members and stakeholders will work closely on issues highlighted from such reports."

He said the council knew costs were associated with trying to address the issue of climate change and they were grateful to donor agencies.

University of East Anglia student Claire Shelton said she was conducting a research on the impacts of climate change in two villages in Rewa and she had seen that Rewa had been badly affected.

She said some of the major issues that she came across during her research were erosion, flooding, financial concerns and changes in participation in village activities because of the impacts of climate change.


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