Reddy: Development partners sought for coastal protection works

Social welfare officer Arieta Tagivetaua (right) with Divisional Medical Officer West Susana Nakalevu takes a break at the new seawall in Namoli village Lautoka. Picture: REINAL CHAND/FILE

Government is actively looking for development partners for coastal protection works, says Waterways and Environment Minister Dr Mahendra Reddy.

While speaking on the allocations for the ministry in the 2022-2023 budget in Parliament last week, he said he had a list of coastal protection works that hd already been taken up by donor funding — such as the Kiwa Initiative funding.

“We will be doing coastal protection work for Mali Island, in the villages of Nakawaga, Vesi and Ligaulevu, then Somosomo Village, Navolau Village No. 1 in Ra and Navola Village in Nadroga/Navosa, so we have got a comprehensive list,” he said.

“We are looking at dredging and also coastal protection works, as well as riverbank protection works.”

Dr Reddy made the comments in response to a query from Opposition member Ro Filipe Tuisawau. Ro Filipe said in terms of the dredging of rivers and creeks, one of the issues discussed with the turaganikoro in Rewa was the lack of supervision of people who were operating the diggers.

“We ended up with some of the creeks really widened so the seawater is coming through,” the SODELPA parliamentarian said.

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