Pacific Conference of Churches
Climate Change Workshop
Political will and community participation are integral factors in the successful relocation of people affected by climate change. And preparation for drastic movement from existing villages must take place if people are to accept the loss of historical and family links to their current homes.
Dr. Mahendra Kumar - Head of Fiji's Climate Change Unit told a regional workshop that consultation, training and capacity building at the local level would enhance sustainbility and owership or relocation.
"Strong political will and building strong civil society partnerships are indispensable in dealing with climate induced migration," Dr. Kumar said. "There is a strong need for inclusive and participatory processes involving affected populations as directly and early as possible."
Dr. Kumar told participants at the workshop in Lami, Fiji, the sysmatic budgeting and long-team planning were imperative to ensure prudent allocation of resources. Under such a system the most vulnerable or badly affected would be attended to early as suggested in the Pacific Conference of Churches disaster management plan.
The three-day workshop is organized by the PCC and the Swiss-based Nansen Initiative. Dr. Kumar said a multi-sectoral approach to resettlement of vulnerable communities in Narikoso and Vunidogoloa, Fiji, had led to success.
"Already (Vunidogoloa) has become a learning hub for the issue. "Its become a site for high school projects and university studies," he said. Potentially it may become an exchange site for community leaders wishing to undertake a similar planned, sysmatic move." He reminded participants that climate induced migration affected several Pacific communities and was caused by several phenomeon.
"Climate change is multi-faceted: it can be internal, regional and international, temporary or permenent, forced, voluntary or a mix of those characteristics.
For further information: Netani Rika, Pacific Conference of Churches Secretariat