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10 Themes In Fiji’s Green Heart: PM

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has outlined 10 major themes at the heart of Fiji’s quest for a green-blue economy. The themes are: – To build resilience to climate change and
02 Jun 2015 12:13
10 Themes In Fiji’s Green Heart: PM
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama greets Father Kevin Barr at the launch of the Green Growth Framework at Suvavou House last night. Photo: Paulini Ratulailai.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has outlined 10 major themes at the heart of Fiji’s quest for a green-blue economy.

The themes are:

– To build resilience to climate change and disaster;

– To manage our waste properly;

– To keep our island and ocean resources sustainable;

– To insist on inclusive social development;

– To ensure our food security;

– To adequately manage our freshwater resources and sanitation;

– To guarantee our energy security and develop alternative energy sources;

– To have sustainable means of transportation;

– To embrace technology and innovation; and

– To achieve the “greening” of our tourism and manufacturing industries – placing sustainable development at the core of these major planks of the Fijian economy.

He was speaking at the launch of the Green Growth Framework for Fiji document in Suva yesterday.

“The Green Growth journey is one that every nation must take and I’m very proud that Fiji has now embarked on this journey with a clear vision of where we want to go and how we need to get there,” he said.

“I’m very gratified that in building Fiji’s Green Growth Framework, we have had such eager co-operation and engagement from all walks of national life, along with the valuable assistance of our development partners.”

Mr Bainimarama said sustainable development was one of the most pressing challenges for every nation.

“We are all striving – to a greater or lesser extent – to strike a balance between our overwhelming desire to exploit our resources to raise the living standards of our people. And the overwhelming imperative to utilise those resources in a sustainable manner and protect them for future generations,” he said.

Mr Bainimarama was gratified that in building Fiji’s Green Growth Framework, there had been eager co-operation and engagement from all walks of national life, along with the valuable assistance of development partners.

“When we talk about ‘restoring the balance in development that is sustainable for our future, it is an explicit recognition that much of what has been done in the past has been unsustainable. In far too many instances, our resources have been exploited without regard for the need to nurture them carefully so they continue to provide the prosperity on which we all depend,” he said.

“We recognise that we cannot persist with a development model and its inherent flaws that are jeopardising the sustainability of our resources. And we recognise that there is a pressing need to address and manage some obvious challenges – population growth, growing urbanisation, the consequent generation of waste, our growing appetite for energy, deficiencies in our infrastructure and the increasing frequency and intensity of natural disasters due to climate change.

“With this document and with the five year and twenty year national development plans that will have its principles at their core, my Government is forging a new development model – one that is more holistic, integrated, inclusive and above all sustainable.”

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