The project “Strengthening Capacities in the Use of Geospatial Information for Improved Resilience in Asia-Pacific and Africa.” (2021-2024) intends to develop sustainable capacities and implement ad-hoc and tailored geospatial solutions in the eight target countries: Fiji, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Lao PDR, Nigeria, Solomon Islands, Uganda, and Vanuatu. In Fiji, this 3-year long project builds on the legacy of the CommonSensing Project (2019-2022) and aims to further enhance capacities by leveraging technological advances and innovation and providing integrated geospatial solutions for improved decision making in the fields of Climate Resilience, Disaster Risk Management, and Climate Finance. The project’s focal point is the Climate Change and International Cooperation Division (CCICD) of the Ministry of Economy. The project will have other beneficiaries such as the Ministry of Lands and Mineral Resources (MLMR), Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development and Disaster Management (MRMDDM), the Ministry of Waterways, and the Fiji Meteorological Services.
With the closure of the CommonSensing project on 31 March 2022, UNOSAT has conducted a rescoping study in close collaboration with CCICD and identified the need to deliver face-to-face micro-learning training on advanced topics offered for technical staff across line ministries. Fiji frequently experiences landslides following torrential rain. UNOSAT produced an earthquake-triggered landslide susceptibility map for the NDMO in 2019, where validation of the model was requested from the Mineral Resources Department. The MRD then sought advice on testing a rainfall-triggered landslide susceptibility model, the more frequent landslide hazard. Based on these consultations, UNOSAT will offer Rainfall-triggered Landslide Susceptibility Training for technical staff in the Mineral Resource Department.