Assistance to villages relocated due to climate change
- Responsible Organisations: International Labour Organization (ILO) (International Organisation); Government of Fiji (Government)
- ILO Regions: Asia and the Pacific
- Country(ies): Fiji
- Thematic areas: Policy coherence
- MLFLM: 1.(a),(b); 2.; 4.; 5.; 7.; 12.; 15.
- Sectors: Agriculture and fishing
Community relocation due to climate change impacts can result in individuals being separated from their traditional livelihoods, and can result in them being unable to access decent work. A number of villages in Fiji have been experiencing the impacts of climate change, including coastal erosion and seawater intrusion, and the Fiji Government has estimated that dozens of villages may need to be relocated as a result. In collaboration with the Government, the ILO has worked to assist in the relocation of Vunidogoloa village while at the same time providing training and temporary work for unemployed persons. The village was relocated 1 km inland under the Government's climate change programme following extensive coastal erosion and increased flooding. In order to provide appropriate housing for the villagers relocating, the Government engaged 28 unemployed persons registered with the National Employment Centre. The Government provided OSH training, while the ILO assisted by supplying tools and protective equipment to the workers. The ILO also supplied pineapple tops, banana shoots, and a copra dryer for the villagers at their relocated location to provide them with livelihood options, and the Department of Agriculture provided technical advice on crop diversity and planting methods, and in constructing a nursery.