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The need for an integrated approach to understanding and managing coastal change in river delta areas - the case of the Rewa river

Tamata, Ulukalesi B. and Comley, James and Tokalauvere, Lanieta V. (2012) The need for an integrated approach to understanding and managing coastal change in river delta areas - the case of the Rewa river. Journal of Pacific Studies, 32 . pp. 11-24. ISSN 1011-3029

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    Abstract

    The watershed area of the Rewa River, the largest river in Fiji, takes up about one-third of the total land area of Viti Levu. The Rewa watershed receives high rainfall, and the Rewa catchment has the highest run-off coefficient for the major rivers in Fiji. Flooding of the Rewa River and delta causes massive losses, to the local people and to the nation in damage to infrastructure, economic costs of rehabilitation and financial assistance to affected communities. Not only is flooding of the Rewa River a major stumbling block to the expansion of Nausori Town, it also affects land formations in the delta: over time, the Rewa delta has undergone physical change, as is characteristic of deltas around the world. The causes of flooding have been attributed to a combination of factors, both natural and anthropogenic . Mitigating the effects of flooding requires an integrated approach.

    Item Type: Journal Article
    Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
    Divisions: Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) > Institute of Applied Science
    Depositing User: Ms Shalni Sanjana
    Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2014 10:49
    Last Modified: 19 Jan 2017 12:43
    URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/7136
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