TechInPacific – The rural and maritime communities of Fiji has become part of a 10-year Resilient SDP (Strategic Development Plan) developed by The Fiji Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development and Disaster Management (MRMDDM).
MRMDDM and UNDP Fiji signed an LoA (Letter of Agreement) that took place at the Pacific Office on Sunday (27/08). Included in the partnership is development support for SDP, database management system development, monitoring and evaluation of social data to support evidence-based decision making, and establishment of two risk-informed development government positions with support from the Governance for Resilient Development (Gov4Res) in the Pacific.
The positions for two-risk informed development will work to support the SDP implementation and deliver risk-informed projects in the communities with the four divisions.
The SDP wishes to build ‘productive, progressive, safe, and resilient rural and maritime communities. It also emphasizes on the significance of timely coordination among involved stakeholders.
“We have started to look at things from a different perspective. The way we live is changing and will continue to do so. As such, we need to develop new strategies and plans, and the way we do developments must change. Our new development paradigm must have resilience at its core,” Hon. Inia Seruiratu said.
Permanent Secretary for MRMDDM, David Kolitagane said, “Development without climate change and disaster risk management can be costly and even disastrous.
“Risk-informing development across sectors is crucial to the resilience of rural communities in Fiji.”