The coalition government had promised to seriously look into the water sector with a strong view to improving water and wastewater services to common Fijians. The work has begun.
While immediate actions are being taken to address current service delivery issues, the Ideation workshop held in March has identified key areas of focus for the Water Sector 2050 Plan.
The Minister for Public Works, Transport and Meteorological Services, Hon. Ro Filipe Tuisawau has today revealed the ’10 Big Ideas’ for Fiji’s Water Sector Strategy 2050.
“The water and sanitation infrastructure requires long-term thinking. As a nation, for the first time, the Water Sector 2050 Strategy will provide us with a national vision of water and ensure that we are not in the same position come the year 2050” said Hon. Tuisawau
Considering Fiji’s current and future challenges, diverse views are required to create a common vision and an action plan for water in 2050. Therefore, during World Water Day on 22nd March, an Ideation workshop was held to kick-start this Water Sector Strategy development process. The outcome of this Ideation Workshop was a number of key ideas that were prioritised and summarised into a “Discussion Paper” to continue dialogue with the wider community and critical stakeholders.
The backbone of the Water sector strategy 2050 includes the top-level priorities driven by the sector’s purpose and the challenges Fiji faces:
- Climate resilience and vulnerability
- Environment and tourism nexus
- Economic sustainability
- Infrastructure and asset health
- Circular economy
Minister Tuisawau said he looks forward to the discussions that will take place during the Thematic Area 10 on Water Resource Management and focusing on the water and sewage sectors that will take place during the 2023 National Economic Summit (NES) which will be held on the 20-21 April 2023.