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West government heads discuss disaster risk reduction strategies

Government department officials and District heads from the western division gathered at the Commissioner Western’s office last week to discuss disaster risk reduction strategies. Divisional Planning officer west Sitiveni Tavaga said the two-day workshop was mainly a debrief and also the relaying of lessons learned after Tropical Cyclone Winston. TAVAGA: “The workshop held last week […]

Salote Qalubau

June 13, 2016 3:39 pm

Government department officials and District heads from the western division gathered at the Commissioner Western’s office last week to discuss disaster risk reduction strategies.

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The Divisional Planning Officer (DPO) for the Western Division Mr Sitiveni Tavaga. (Radio NZ)

Divisional Planning officer west Sitiveni Tavaga said the two-day workshop was mainly a debrief and also the relaying of lessons learned after Tropical Cyclone Winston.

TAVAGA: “The workshop held last week was to look back at a prior workshop done at the Tanoa sky lodge hotel in Nadi the other week.We also discussed how we can incorporate our DRR (Disaster risk) issues in our development plans. Various agencies also have programs and this includes other agencies because of issues like climate change and the impacts of other natural disasters on us.”

Mr Tavaga said there was a strong effort from other stakeholders to also include disaster risk reduction strategies.

TAVAGA: “These disaster reduction strategies needs to be included in developments such as roads, fisheries, forestry, land or any other development and we also looked at specific risks such as landslides in hilly areas,flooding,soil erosion and sea wall issues in coastal areas.”

He said at present there was a similar two-day risk governance workshop in the northern division.

TAVAGA: “Right now various agencies for the nothern division are meeting and the workshop will be ending tomorrow,so it is hoped they will touch base with some issues they are facing in their area.”

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