City Interventions

Integrated Urban Infrastructure Investment Program

Country: Fiji
City: Greater Suva

Key Stakeholders and PartnersGreater Suva Area Central Municipal Council Joint Committee; Ministry of Local Government, Urban Dev., Housing and Environment

Project Preparation Study PeriodDecember 2010 – May 2012

CDIA SupportUS$ 326,075

Expected Downstream FinancingUS$ 15 million (National Government)

Infrastructure sectorsUrban Transport
Flood/Drainage Management

CDIA priority impact areasClimate Change Mitigation and Adaptation; Environmental Improvement; Poverty Reduction

Key City Development Issues

An estimated 90,000 people live in informal settlements in the Greater Suva Area (GSA), placing an enormous strain on infrastructure (water supply, sewerage, electricity, waste management, roads) and social services. The revised Urban Growth Management Plan (supported by Cities Alliance) aims at strategically addressing critical urbanization issues with focus on low income groups and informal settlement upgrading. Emphasis of the plan is on urban transportation, sewerage collection and treatment and wastewater management.

Details of Cooperation

The CDIA supported activities included the following: (i) development of a medium-term integrated infrastructure investment programme promoting inclusive development in the GSA; (ii) preparation of a pre-feasibility study for on wastewater management and drainage focusing specifically on informal settlement upgrading and flood management; (iii) preparation of a pre-feasibility study for on urban transport; (iv) linkage of the above-mentioned studies with potential financiers; and (v) assistance to the city in strengthening its own capacity for improved infrastructure provision.

Expected Development Outcomes

The proposed sewerage investments will benefit all GSA residents and visitors by improving the environment, reducing health risks and improving quality of life. The investments will help to maintain Fiji’s environmental standing which is essential for fostering investment, particularly in the country’s tourism market. The reduction in contamination of surface and coastal waters will particularly benefit the poorest people who often live in swampy, low-lying, poorly draining areas near the coast. The planned investments in transport infrastructure will have beneficial effect for those who depend on the facilities (the poor and non-car owners) by ensuring a guaranteed level of urban mobility for access to commercial, health, education and social opportunities within the GSA.

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Key City informationLand Area: 2,048 sq. km.
Population: 244,000 (2010)
City website: n/a

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