Nadi a good pilot site: Tag­i­cak­ibau

Tech­nol­ogy used for dis­as­ter re­silience

Fiji Sun - - Nation - LI­TIA TIKO­MAILEPANONI li­tia.tiko­mailepanoni@fi­jisun.com.fj

Apor­tion of the Nadi district area has been ear­marked to be the pilot project on Ap­ply­ing Space-based Tech­nol­ogy (AST) and In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Tech­nol­ogy (ICT) to Strengthen Dis­as­ter Re­silience pro­gramme. Com­mis­sioner Western Manasa Tag­i­cak­ibau said, “I thank them for choos­ing Nadi, the more we get this type of as­sis­tance and sup­port it will be bet­ter for the Nadi. “They have iden­ti­fied Nadi; be­cause of its vul­ner­a­bil­ity to haz­ards. Nadi con­tin­ues to be in the lime­light in terms of flood­ing, in terms of long dry spell (drought) or in terms of cy­clone,” he said. He said Nadi as the cen­tre for con­nec­tiv­ity and hub for the coun­try and port for the re­gion it was an im­por­tant move. “You will see Nadi is growing very fast but the land is not avail­able for them. It is growing and we see peo­ple con­verg­ing in the Nadi Area,” he said. “There is a lot of de­vel­op­ments for this type of devel­op­ment; come the next cy­clone would cause greater im­pact and dev­as­ta­tion.” Mr Tag­i­cak­ibau said this ap­pli­ca­tion of space based tech­nol­ogy and its in­for­ma­tion was a vi­able re­source and tool to give the lead­ers a bet­ter plat­form on de­ci­sion mak­ing or on what to do when dis­as­ter struck. “The ICT or the map­ping is­sues it can give you a very good back­ground on what will hap­pen. It can ac­tu­ally sim­u­late just tak­ing in all the ground de­tails feed it in to this space base tech­nol­ogy and it can sim­u­late to you if this type of rain comes in this will be the area flooded,” Mr Tag­i­cak­ibau said.

“This will give you a bet­ter idea, on do you need to de­velop this area or do we need to ac­cess this area, do we need to mit­i­gate, how we can keep this area dry prob­a­bly we need to do some ir­ri­ga­tion work, this are the type of things is asked to be re­silient.” The pilot area bound­ary in­cludes Nawaka vil­lage, Nadi town, De­na­rau Is­land, as far as Nadi Air­port and Le­galega. Edited by Ru­si­ate Mataika

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