NEWS

‘Development Could Result In Irreversible Damage’

The increasing pressure placed on our fragile island environments as a result of development activities could result in irreversible biodiversity damage. This was highlighted by the Permanent Secretary for the
09 Dec 2016 12:32
‘Development Could Result In Irreversible Damage’
Samuela Lagataki.

The increasing pressure placed on our fragile island environments as a result of development activities could result in irreversible biodiversity damage.

This was highlighted by the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Fisheries and Forests, Samuela Lagataki during the Mitigation Hierarchy and Biodiversity offsets workshop at the Sofitel Resort and Spa in Denarau on Wednesday.

“The development activities that involve construction of infrastructure like bridges, wharves, dams, hotels, schools, hospitals, mines, roads and large scale agricultural farms could result in biodiversity damage,” Mr Lagataki.

“Today the world faces an unprecedented challenge from the emergence of multiple and interlinked global crises related to economic activities and resources extraction, impacting the environment, climate, food, water, finance and the economy.”

He said despite the many agreements in relation to biodiversity, the rate of biodiversity loss had increased significantly.

“The most recent millennium ecosystem assessment that was published at the turn of this century identified the significant detrimental impact humanity has done to earth’s biodiversity.”

He said various regions were already facing challenges that were damaging the environment, and these were the very ones that provided the essentials.

Mr Lagataki acknowledged Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) through its Restoration of Ecosystem Services and Adaptation to Climate Change (RESCCUE) and Pacific Ecosystem-based Adaptation to Climate Change (PEBACC) project for providing the learning opportunity to the Pacific Islands countries and territories.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

 Feedback: nicolette.chambers@fijisun.com.fj

Fiji Sun Instagram
Fiji Plus
Subscribe-to-Newspaper