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Labasa hotels booked out for summit

By JOELENE TUIMOALA All the main hotels in Labasa are booked out for the three-day Climate Change Summit in Labasa, with all the major ones in town confirming full bookings
14 Oct 2012 10:22

By JOELENE TUIMOALA

All the main hotels in Labasa are booked out for the three-day Climate Change Summit in Labasa, with all the major ones in town confirming full bookings for the duration of this event.
The Fiji Sun received confirmation from Charan Jeath Singh, the owner of the Friendly North Inn and Grand Eastern Hotel, that they’re fully booked during three days of the summit. Helen Jaduram, the owner of Hotel Takia also said the same thing. The North pole is also believed busy.
The special administrator  Vijay  Chand said the Labasa Town Council was doing its best to cater for more than 200 participants.
“We are currently working on our capacity building programme to make sure that the event is a successful one. We are also trying to improve available facilities, one of which is the construction of booths,” Mr Chand said.
“This is a great opportunity for Labasa in hosting such events. The major part is that the event will greatly benefit the Northern economy especially Labasa, because hoteliers, taxi operators, major restaurants are going to benefit from this event. This will also provide the opportunity to those attending the summit to have a first hand experience of what Labasa can offer and how Labasa is affected by climate change,” Mr Chand added.
He has commended World Wild Fund for Nature – South Pacific for providing the North with the opportunity of hosting this important event.
“The event will not only benefit Labasa people but the whole of the country and I just hope that more events as such is brought to the North in future, to keep Labasa abreast with other parts of Fiji, in terms of holding such summits.”
Meanwhile the director of the Political and Treaties Division in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation, Esala Nayasi said the goal of the national summit was to strengthen resilience by developing a forum for information and knowledge sharing as a means of addressing gaps, fostering partnerships and promoting local climate-smart solutions.
The objectives are:
(a) To bring together practitioners, community leaders, educators, communicators and managers guided by related government agencies on a broad theme of “Building Resilience to Climate Change;
(b) To provide insight on what is needed for increased awareness, opportunities that add value to existing in-country knowledge on adaptation and disaster risk reduction and management approaches and how we should be organised to do that.
The primary focus of the national summit will be on breakout sessions involving summit participants to contribute their insights into broadening the scope of effective community collaboration at public-municipal-provincial-district level under the guidance of the National Climate Change Policy.




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