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A Catalyst for Green Financing in Indonesia

A Catalyst for Green Financing in Indonesia

It is an unfortunate but fact of life that Indonesia often deals with the impacts of natural disasters. It was sadly evident again this week when I arrived in Jakarta to the unfolding disaster caused by the earthquake in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara. M…

by · Friday, 3 August 2018 · China, Fiji, Indonesia, Singapore
A Catalyst for Green Financing in Indonesia

A Catalyst for Green Financing in Indonesia

It is an unfortunate but fact of life that Indonesia often deals with the impacts of natural disasters. It was sadly evident again this week when I arrived in Jakarta to the unfolding disaster caused by the earthquake in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara. M…

by · Friday, 3 August 2018 · China, Fiji, Indonesia, Singapore

Adapting Fiji’s development strategy to climate change


Adapting Fiji’s development strategy to the impacts of climate change

It’s been nearly two and a half years since Tropical Cyclone Winston – the biggest storm ever recorded in the Southern Hemisphere – made landfall in Fiji, killing 44 people and costing the country nearly a third of its gross domestic product. 

For the small island developing state with ambitious development goals, Winston cast the spotlight on the threat that natural hazards, exacerbated by climate change, pose to the country’s development prospects.

“We cannot achieve our development agenda without climate sensitizing and disaster sensitizing our development plan,” explains Vineil Narayan, Climate Finance Specialist with Fiji’s Ministry of Economy.

In an effort to adapt the country’s development strategy to climate and disaster risk, the government of Fiji has since pioneered a first-of-its-kind climate vulnerability assessment. The assessment takes into account economic losses across sectors, effects on the government’s development plan, and the impact on people’s well-being.

Supported by the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), through its Small Island State Resilience Initiative (SISRI), and the World Bank, the vulnerability assessment has helped the Fijian government better quantify and understand the country’s vulnerability to climate change and natural disasters, and is already prioritizing actions for resilient development over the next decade.

In this video interview from the 2018 Understanding Risk Forum, hosted by GFDRR and the World Bank, Narayan sheds light on how the assessment is positioning Fiji for more sustainable and resilient development.

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by · Thursday, 19 July 2018 · Fiji
Completing the storytelling ‘circle’: a VR project goes home

Completing the storytelling ‘circle’: a VR project goes home

(This article was first published on the World Bank’s channel on Medium.com, ‘World of Opportunity’)

If I had to describe my work at its most basic level, I would say I tell stories about aid projects in the Pacific. Yet when I try to dig a bit…

by · Wednesday, 13 June 2018 · Fiji, Oman
Completing the storytelling ‘circle’: a VR project goes home

Completing the storytelling ‘circle’: a VR project goes home

(This article was first published on the World Bank’s channel on Medium.com, ‘World of Opportunity’)

If I had to describe my work at its most basic level, I would say I tell stories about aid projects in the Pacific. Yet when I try to dig a bit…

by · Wednesday, 13 June 2018 · Fiji, Oman
Working together to understand climate change risks in Fiji

Working together to understand climate change risks in Fiji

People read about climate change every day and we are all familiar with it as a concept.  While we understand that steps need to be taken to address the risks; its impact often feels harder to imagine. We assume that the impacts are something we will…

by · Thursday, 7 December 2017 · Fiji
Working together to understand climate change risks in Fiji

Working together to understand climate change risks in Fiji

People read about climate change every day and we are all familiar with it as a concept.  While we understand that steps need to be taken to address the risks; its impact often feels harder to imagine. We assume that the impacts are something we will…

by · Thursday, 7 December 2017 · Fiji
Working together to understand climate change risks in Fiji

Working together to understand climate change risks in Fiji

People read about climate change every day and we are all familiar with it as a concept.  While we understand that steps need to be taken to address the risks; its impact often feels harder to imagine. We assume that the impacts are something we will…

by · Thursday, 7 December 2017 · Fiji
Working together to understand climate change risks in Fiji

Working together to understand climate change risks in Fiji

People read about climate change every day and we are all familiar with it as a concept.  While we understand that steps need to be taken to address the risks; its impact often feels harder to imagine. We assume that the impacts are something we will…

by · Thursday, 7 December 2017 · Fiji
Working together to understand climate change risks in Fiji

Working together to understand climate change risks in Fiji

People read about climate change every day and we are all familiar with it as a concept.  While we understand that steps need to be taken to address the risks; its impact often feels harder to imagine. We assume that the impacts are something we will…

by · Thursday, 7 December 2017 · Fiji