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EDITORIAL: Preserving Our Resources For Our Future

Yesterday will go down in the annals of this country as the day our Green Growth Framework (GGF) was launched by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama. It’s historic and important in
02 Jun 2015 09:50
EDITORIAL: Preserving Our Resources  For Our Future

Yesterday will go down in the annals of this country as the day our Green Growth Framework (GGF) was launched by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

It’s historic and important in the sense that it will form the blueprint for Fiji’s development now and in decades to come.

As the Government formulates its five-year and 20-year national development plans these Green Growth policies will give clarity to the way we want our natural resources to be used and preserved. They are inextricably linked to our vision to achieve sustainable development.

Mr Bainimarama talked about our GGF when he chaired the 71st Session of UNESCAP – the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok last week. His presentation raised eyebrows because Fiji is the first Pacific island nation to embark on this path.

One of the dilemmas many countries face including Fiji is whether to develop our natural resources to stimulate the economy or to preserve them for future posterity.

The challenge is to be able to strike that balance. Defining that balance is the hardest part. Once that is determined the rest is easy.

In Fiji, we all know that utilising and developing our resources is fundamental to our economic growth. Our infrastructure development has been breathtaking to say the least. It requires going into virgin land and pristine environment to build new roads, bridges, structures for schools, health centres and business centres. Environmental assessment studies now become an integral part of this new vision for this country. While they may have been paid lip service in the past, this Government looks committed to ensure that we maintain our clean, green image.

No one can accuse us of hypocrisy when we chide rich industrial countries about their commitment to cut their carbon emissions. Even though our carbon footprint is much cleaner than that of developed countries, we continue to work on cutting our carbon emissions.

So when Mr Bainimarama takes the podium and addresses the global community on climate change, he is speaking from a position of strength, formed by our commitment to the Green Crusade. Despite our size, we now stand tall among the powerful nations of world because of our stand on climate change and sustainable development.

But Mr Bainimarama is mindful that for Fiji to achieve its goal it needs the co-operation of all sectors, including the private sector and civil societies.

He said last night “we are doomed to failure in our quest for sustainable development unless we all take this journey together. And I’m very gratified that in building Fiji’s Green Growth Framework, we have had such eager cooperation and engagement from all walks of national life, along with the valuable assistance of our development partners.”

It’s an honour and a great privilege for Mr Bainimarama to lead the charge at the World Climate Summit in Paris in November. It is in recognition of the great work Fiji is doing in this area. He says “we have precisely six months to shake the developed world out of its complacency. And embrace the absolute need for drastic cuts in carbon emissions to slow down the rate of global warming and give Pacific nations a fighting chance.”

Perhaps this statement by Mr Bainimarama sums up what this is all about: “A nation that has embraced best practice when it comes to the sustainable development of our resources. A nation that practises what it preaches. A nation that has a sacred pact with unborn Fijians to leave them with surroundings in the same pristine state they were when they were bequeathed to us.”

 

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