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FijiMet Benefits From Climate Change Initiative

Establishments like Fiji Meteorological Services benefit from Australian-funded climate change initiative, Climate and Oceans Support Programme in the Pacific (COSPPac). Deputy Secretary Operations for Infrastructure and Transport Manasa Lesuma said
11 May 2017 11:00
FijiMet Benefits From Climate Change Initiative
Participants during the workshop at the Tanoa International Hotel Nadi yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

Establishments like Fiji Meteorological Services benefit from Australian-funded climate change initiative, Climate and Oceans Support Programme in the Pacific (COSPPac).

Deputy Secretary Operations for Infrastructure and Transport Manasa Lesuma said this during the opening of the Tenth Steering and Planning Committee Meeting at the Tanoa International Hotel, Nadi yesterday.

COSPPac is funded by the Australian government. It helps Pacific island nations adapt to and mitigate the impacts of climate variability.

Mr Lesuma said: “Met Services are able to connect and build better relationships with relevant stakeholders with this being carried out.

“The immense support received through trainings, workshops and related events have provided our officers with increased knowledge, experience and upskilling.”

Mr Lesuma said the initiative has been effective through Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP).

Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) director environment and climate change, Richard Bontjer said: “We strongly support COSPPac, recognising the need to ensure that good quality, relevant climate information is widely available for the benefit of governments, communities and businesses in the Pacific.”

With COSPPac funding extended to June 2018, DFAT remains committed to support further development of Pacific Island meteorological services, he said.



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