Fiji Time: 8:19 PM on Friday 30 September

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Threat to mountain ridges

Shayal Devi
Tuesday, May 27, 2014

CLIMATE change is not only about rising sea levels but also includes shifting weather patterns that now threatens mountain ridge communities in the highlands of Fiji, says a concerned NGO.

After conducting studies in rural Ba, American Rise Beyond the Reef's director Janet Lotawa said climate change issues varied beyond just rising sea levels.

"For example, Tukuraki Village of Yakete District, Ba, had to be disbanded due to landslides that killed a family," she said.

"In Nalotawa Village, three homes are just now being rebuilt in the wake of epic floods in February 2011. Water quality in communities once renowned has deteriorated severely."

She said these tragedies and impacts were all linked to climate change but many people were still unaware of the impact shifting weather patterns brought.

"In one such climate change ready community located near Yakete district boundaries, landowners are extracting river rocks at such an aggressive rate that they're destroying their environment much more quickly than climate change.

"This community has been warned about possible flooding risks in government and NGO-sponsored workshops. The workshops are not sufficient to divert their attention from a quick pay cheque.

"The bottom line is communities who have basic needs such as access to medical care or paying school expenses aren't going to have very open ears for such trivialities as ecological concerns, especially when they're in a theoretical non-existent future."








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.64940.6304
JPY 50.608347.6083
GBP 0.37960.3716
EUR 0.44010.4281
NZD 0.68800.6550
AUD 0.65010.6251
USD 0.49600.4790

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 30th September 2016

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Carjack case on to High Court
  2. Suspended MP vows to fight on
  3. Life on a thread
  4. BAF fines Times
  5. Nakaora under probe
  6. 'Interviews not allowed'
  7. Coach's tough call
  8. Carjacking in broad daylight
  9. More suspects arrested in carjacking case
  10. ALLOWANCE Parliament approves raise for MPs

Top Stories this Week

  1. Dire straits Thursday (29 Sep)
  2. Rugby death Tuesday (27 Sep)
  3. Carjack case on to High Court Friday (30 Sep)
  4. Road closure Saturday (24 Sep)
  5. Rawaca out Sunday (25 Sep)
  6. Private jets attract attention at Nadi Airport Sunday (25 Sep)
  7. Three Cavuilati, 6 Olympians in Fiji 7s squad Sunday (25 Sep)
  8. Police investigate rugby 7s organiser Monday (26 Sep)
  9. Rawaca boosts program Monday (26 Sep)
  10. Judge convicts pastor in rape trial Monday (26 Sep)