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An AIFFP grant is supporting the Republic of Fiji Government with essential catchment management and upstream flood mitigation work in the upper Nadi catchment.

Reducing the impact of floods in Nadi, Fiji Nadi is one of Fiji’s major population centres and prone to floods

Reducing the impact of floods in Nadi, Fiji

Nadi, Fiji

Approved

Type:
Transport and urban infrastructure
Investment:
AUD5 million

Delivery partners

Republic of Fiji Government

We’re partnering with the Republic of Fiji Government to protect Nadi town from future flooding events.

The project includes assessments of watershed conditions in the upper Nadi catchment to assist the development of flood models, which can inform land management practices and assist with disaster preparedness and management.

Republic of Fiji Government’s top major infrastructure priority

Designed around the model of a 1 in 50-year flood event

The support will also assist the Republic of Fiji Government with the development or strengthening of watershed management legislation.

Flooding in Nadi town and on the Nadi flood plain is a significant issue, with weather events becoming more frequent and severe across the Pacific. There have been 26 major floods in the Nadi catchment since 1991, with severe floods in January 2009 claiming 11 lives, leaving 12,000 people homeless and resulting in FJD113 million worth of damage.

The project is the Republic of Fiji Government’s top major infrastructure priority and is designed around the model of a 1 in 50-year flood event. It complements work under design by the Government of Japan and the Asian Development Bank.

Our financing package consists of an AUD5 million grant to the Republic of Fiji Government.

AIFFP contribution

AUD5 million

  Amount (AUD million) Variable interest rate Tenor
Grant $5.0 n/a n/a

*Exact AUD amount depends on exchange rate at disbursement.

Impact

Nadi is one of Fiji’s major population centres. It has particular economic significance as the gateway to Fiji, home to Fiji’s major international airport and several large resorts. Nadi was the principal port of entry for nearly 900,000 visitors in 2019.  Historically, tourism accounts for a large portion of Fiji’s GDP, and tourist numbers were growing 6.4 per cent annually since 2014 until recent COVID travel restrictions.

The project complements work undertaken by the Republic of Fiji Government to avoid future floods, including building five retention dams in flood prone areas. The project is designed around the model of a 1 in 50-year flood event in Nadi.

Latest updates:

  • AIFFP funded work is close to finalization and is being considered by the Fiji authorities. In Q1 2023, the AIFFP submitted to the Fiji authorities: an analysis of a range structural intervention options and reports on watershed management and institutional strengthening.
  • In Q4 2023, Fiji’s Ministry of Finance began broad based consultations across the government on the both sets of reports.
  • The AIFFP continues to consult with the Government of Fiji to determine the scope and nature of any further support