Place Attachment and Cultural Barriers to Climate Change Induced Relocation: Lessons from Vunisavisavi Village, Vanua Levu, Fiji

  • Priyatma SinghEmail author
  • Dhrishna Charan
  • Manpreet Kaur
  • Kelera Railoa
  • Ravneel Chand
Part of the Climate Change Management book series (CCM)


Relocation from coastal areas is a huge challenge for communities vulnerable to the impacts of climate change induced inundation. This study focuses on Vunisavisavi Village in Fiji, where severe coastal erosion and frequent inundation events have increased to such an extent that relocation is the only feasible option remaining. This paper explores the social and cultural challenges faced by Vunisavisavi villagers in relocation, with an emphasis on the extent to which place attachment acts as a barrier for relocation. The paper summarizes the findings from individual and focus group interviews of Vunisavisavi villagers. The research findings provide an insight into the existing adaptation patterns of the villagers and recommends an early intervention in assessing the vulnerability of communities to ensure that best adaptation strategies are implemented.


Climate change Place attachment Relocation Cultural barriers Ecosystem-based adaptation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Priyatma Singh
    • 1
    Email author
  • Dhrishna Charan
    • 1
  • Manpreet Kaur
    • 2
  • Kelera Railoa
    • 3
  • Ravneel Chand
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Science and TechnologyThe University of FijiSaweni, LautokaFiji
  2. 2.School of Humanities and ArtsThe University of FijiSaweni, LautokaFiji
  3. 3.Technical and Validation Team, Douglas PharmacyNadiFiji

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