Nadi a good pilot site: Tagicakibau
Technology used for disaster resilience
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