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Fiji faces challenge, loses meteorologists

Repeka Nasiko In Honiara, Solomon Islands
Saturday, August 19, 2017

LOSING expert meteorologists to migration is a challenge faced by the Fiji Meteorological Service.

FMS director Ravind Kumar said losing people to migration or to international meteorological services was an ongoing issue.

"The only thing we have to do is to prepare that we must adhere to," he said.

"We must see that we have the required number of people that the meteorological services do not get disrupted."

Mr Kumar said constant training of staff was a vital tool to ensure forecasters were experts in their field.

"Fiji is continually building on its capacity both in a technical and professional area because of the regional role that it plays in terms of weather services.

"This regional role cannot be sustained unless we have competent and sustained capacity to provide those services therefore we continually train our officer.

"We also give them specialised training so that they are capable enough to provide those services with the Fiji Meteorological Services."

He said Government had also invested in funding for new positions under FMS.

"We have managed to get a assistant manager position to assist the director in the FMS with regional specialised meteorological services and for our national services and they provide support services for our regional and international services.

"In terms of strengthening the capabilities of the regional specialised meteorological centre, the national Government has given us three more senior positions to sustain and continue our services and these are for the single weather and aviation services areas.

"The main capacity building comes in the appointment of a senior training officer with a science background which was done with our intention to host the Regional Training Centre."

Fiji was part of the Fourth Pacific Meteorological Council meeting being held in Honiara, Solomon Islands.

The meeting was co-hosted by the Government of Solomon Islands, the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

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