$4.17m Project For Nadi
ADB funds pilot project for town
The township of Nadi has been chosen to be the pilot project applying space-based technology on information and communication technology to strengthen disaster resilience. The project is funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and implemented by Asian Institute of Technology.
ADB infrastructure specialist Tadayoshi Yahata said, “The project is aiming at strengthening local people, the community and local governments to strengthen disaster resilience.
“We will utilise space technology such as remote censoring or GPS system assistance to create base maps, hazard maps and utilise ICT and such as other operation like mobile application or other operation system to collect information for disaster management,” Mr Yahata said.
He said the total budget of $4.17 million ($US2 million) would fund the project for the other counties chosen including Armenia (Central West Asia), Bangladesh (South Asia), Philippines (South East Asia) and Fiji (Pacific sub region).
“This project is not for infrastructure development project but it is capacity development project, of course we will provide some equipment like data management server,” he said. He said the project would be completed by March 2017. District Officer Nadi Osea Ravukivuki said, “This workshop is a forum to introduce a uniform approach and methodology to be applied here in the pilot site Nadi that can also be replicated across the country later.” He said this would be a boost because Nadi would be a city by next year. Red Cross Director General Filipe Nainoca said “This is a very important thing that we are doing. This gives us the opportunities to assist us to be more resilient during times of disaster.” Edited by Rusiate Mataika