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Event Details

Sea-level Rise event report

Category: Sea-level Rise
Observation: 06.03.2012
Continent: Atlantic ocean - middle
Country: Fiji
State: Western Division
Area: Kadavu Island
Severity: Hight
Event details
Villagers along a coast on Kadavu are fighting back against the encroaching sea that seeps through the ground and fills the middle of the village greens. Tavuki and Narikoso villagers who experience the seepage at high tide told The Fiji Times seawater was causing damage to their village environment. While the Republic of Fiji Military Forces has been refilling land to raise areas affected by the rising sea level rise at Tavuki, villagers at Narikoso are preparing to relocate inland. Roko tui Kadavu Viliame Kaiyabia said the military was continuing work to refill the village green at Tavuki. "We have been experiencing a rise of sea level in the village and hope the refilling will ease some problems the villagers are facing," he said. Mr Kaiyabia said a river further inland that villagers usually cross to reach Bai Damudamu Village "is also a cause of the problem". "We need to work on a proper drainage system to ease the problem of the outflow of seawater." After the completion of work at Tavuki Village, Mr Kaiyabia said they would move to Narikoso Village for its resettlement. "This village is lying on the coastal area and they will be resettled at a higher ground that has already been marked," he added. In his address to the United Nations general assembly in 2009, Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama raised the issue, saying climate change was affecting some islanders. He said if climate change was addressed now it would mean long-term sustainability of profits, development and progress. Commodore Bainimarama said rising sea levels and climate change failed to persuade nations to reduce emissions, which affect the lives and ecosystems of Pacific islanders. Project Survival Pacific's spokesman on climate change issues, Krishneil Narayan, said most people in the Pacific should be aware of the change experienced in their islands, especially the rising of sea level. "There is a difference between climate change and global warming," he said. "Climate change refers to long term changes in climate including average temperature and precipitation. Whereas global warming, it refers to the increase of the earth's average surface temperature, because of a build-up of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere."
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