Climate Change

Small islands, whether located in the tropics or higher latitudes, have characteristics which make them especially vulnerable to the effects of climate change, sea-level rise, and extreme events (very high confidence) ♦  Sea-level rise is expected to exacerbate inundation, storm surge, erosion and other coastal hazards, thus threatening vital infrastructure, settlements and facilities that support the livelihood of island communities (very high confidence). ♦  There is strong evidence that under most climate change scenarios, water resources in small islands are likely to be seriously compromised (very high confidence). ♦  It is very likely that subsistence and commercial agriculture on small islands will be adversely affected by climate change (high confidence). IPCC 4th Assessment Report, 2007

Climate Change and Agriculture

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Economic Costs of the 2009 Floods in the Fiji Sugar Belt and Policy Implications Economic Costs of the 2009 Floods in the Fiji Sugar Belt and Policy Implications

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The January 2009 floods in Fiji were reported as the worst in the history of the country since the 1931 floods. Many parts of the country were affected by a number of consecutive flood events that spread over several days. The key objectives of this study are to:

  • Assess the economic costs of the recent floods on the sugarcane farmers – sugar cane production and household livelihood and cane access roads and farm drainage infrastructure; and
  • Identify policy options for minimising flood related disaster risk in the sugar belt of Fiji.


Lal, P.N., Rita, R. and Khatri, N. (2009). Economic Costs of the 2009 Floods in the Fiji Sugar Belt and Policy Implications. Gland, Switzerland: IUCN. xi + 52.

© 2009 International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources

Fiji Ministry of Agriculture – Presentation on Climate Change Issues in Fiji (2009) Fiji Ministry of Agriculture – Presentation on Climate Change Issues in Fiji (2009)

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A presentation providing an overview of some climate change issues faced by the Agriculture sector in Fiji. Presented during the project Fiji national planning workshop, May 2009.

Authors: Ms Maria Elder & Mr Moti Lal, Fiji Ministry of Primary Industries
Date: May 2009

Climate Change & Food Security in Pacfic Island Countries Climate Change & Food Security in Pacfic Island Countries

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The overall purpose of this paper is to address food security and poverty reduction in the face of climate change and energy security. It attempts to bring to the fore food security threats associated with climate change in the food production and supply environments, as well as the broader livelihood and ecological changes that will occur as a consequence. Recognizing the different geographical regions around the Pacific and how climate change would impact on their food security situations opens up new opportunities for understanding why changes happen.

© FAO 2008

Climate Change and Food Security Climate Change and Food Security

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A Briefing Paper prepared for an IPS Roundtable on Climate Change and Food Security Issues held on 13 November 2008

The paper explores the global trends associated with food security and climate change and the linkages between them. This comes at a time of unprecedented international concern for global food security, against a backdrop of dramatically fluctuating world food prices. Underlying the food security issue is a trend of rapidly growing populations in many developing countries, and projected changes in food production dynamics associated with a warming and drying climate for many regions during the 21st century.

Author: Sean Weaver
INSTITUTE OF POLICY STUDIES WORKING PAPER 08/07. November 2008.

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