A Review of flood resilience in Fiji

Stephen Yeo

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Abstract

Riverine flooding in Fiji is a major and seemingly growing problem. This paper reviews the current state of flood risk management practice in Fiji. Hazard and risk assessments have been limited. There has long been an emphasis on structural measures, though flood warning systems have been developed in recent times. Formal land use planning is difficult to implement in Fiji. The approach to flood risk management has been reactive rather than strategic. Barriers towards achieving flood resilience in Fiji include contested understandings of the problem and its solutions, population growth and urbanisation, land tenure, poverty, economic and political instability, and issues of governance. The Nadi Integrated Flood Management project offers the promise of a science-based, integrated Flood Management Plan that is accepted and owned by both Government and local communities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICFR 2013
Subtitle of host publicationInternational Conference on Flood Resilience : Experiences in Asia and Europe : proceedings : 5-7 September 2013, Exeter, United Kingdom
Place of PublicationExeter, UK
PublisherUniversity of Exeter
Pages1-12
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventInternational Conference on Flood Resilience : Experiences in Asia and Europe - Exeter, UK
Duration: 5 Sep 20137 Sep 2013

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Flood Resilience : Experiences in Asia and Europe
CityExeter, UK
Period5/09/137/09/13

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