6 May 2019

Fijian PhD student focuses on how climate change impacts SMEs

10:28 am on 6 May 2019

A PhD student from Fiji says he hopes his research will lead to more support and protection for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) from climate change disasters.

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Flooding in Lautoka Photo: RNZI / Sally Round

Sivendra Michael, who is from Lautoka, is in the second year of his PhD at Auckland University, studying the disaster resiliency of the enterprises in Fiji - particularly in Ba province.

He said his research focuses on the enterprises because it is a neglected sector when it comes to climate change resiliency.

"There are stories of people being in neck-level water trying to save the very last of their supplies because they know that tomorrow it will be very hard to pay their suppliers. There are stories of people who have had to shut down."

Sivendra Michael said he hopes that other Pacific countries will take lessons from his research to support their own companies against climate change disasters.

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