Increasing impacts of climate change together with growing urbanization and climbing population numbers are major challenges the country and its population are facing. Rising sea levels, natural disasters increasing in frequency and intensity, soil erosion or flash flooding pose substantial threats across the country. Particularly in the context of informal settlements, poverty, unemployment, lack of sanitation and infrastructure often exacerbate climate change vulnerability.
In Fiji, 20% of the urban population lives in informal settlements in high-risk peri-urban areas. Through its work, UN-Habitat supports institutional strengthening at the city- and community-level for enhanced local climate response and resilience strengthening.