This National Adaptation Plan (NAP) has been produced because climate change is already posing major risks to Fiji's economy, society, and way of life. It is not a future problem, but one which is already evident. Unless global mitigation efforts increase, these risks will intensify to unprecedented levels. The NAP is built upon comprehensive stocktake and prioritisation processes. It functions as a strategic high-level action plan for adaptation. It builds upon the existing policy and planning landscape, shifting development planning processes towards a pathway of ‘climate-resilience’. The creation of the NAP is the latest initiative by the Fijian Government in its quest to boost the resilience of the Fijian economy and of all Fijians. The Fijian Government is doing its part; however, it needs international support to ensure that the NAP is fully implemented.
The NAP process has been conceived as more than a simple process of devising adaptation strategies. It has been a comprehensive and critical assessment of climate change implications for key sectors as well as adaptation barriers presented by national and sub-national development planning processes which may frustrate adaptation efforts over the long term. This dual approach is a vital component of the ‘Theory of Change’ which underpinned the NAP process and the achievement of the NAP Vision. It should be noted that the actions contained within this document are not all the adaptation actions which will take place over the next five years. It is a list of the adaptation actions to be prioritised over the next five years.