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Sustainable Development Crucial: Specialist At UniFiji

While understanding the impacts of Climate Change is important, it is also crucial that we gain a better understanding of climate variability as driver of coastal impact to support sustainable
12 May 2017 11:00
Sustainable Development Crucial: Specialist At UniFiji

While understanding the impacts of Climate Change is important, it is also crucial that we gain a better understanding of climate variability as driver of coastal impact to support sustainable development.

Secretariat of the Pacific Community Oceanography Senior Specialist Herve Damlamian said this during a presentation to University of Fiji faculty members and students.

“Climate change is obviously a big threat to the Pacific Islands and that’s something that should be in the forefront of our reflection around sustainable development, but we also need to focus on today’s challenge” Mr Damlamian said.

“Sustainable development is also about better understanding and preserving natural processes, through technical assessment based on reliable data.

“One of SPC role as a technical organisation is to provide scientifically sound information to support decision making process in countries, in turn supporting sustainable development.”

Mr Damlamian was speaking during the second session of COP23 awareness seminar series initiated by the Vice-Chancellor of UniFiji.

He said that climate change was adding to the problems associated with beach mining, near chore dredging, etc.

“We know climate change could potentially increase erosion impact, but on the other hand people undertake beach mining, near shore dredging, adhoc costal engineering solution and other similar practices that are weakening our beaches and driving erosion hence we really need to tackle those issues first so we can become resilient to the impacts of climate change,” he stated.

In his presentation to the students and staff of UniFiji, he said climate change could increase inundation and add to the current vulnerability of beaches.

“At the outset, we have to better plan mitigation solution. To do so we first need to better understand local hazard and the risk community are facing and will face in the future due to climate change.

“Based on scientific information adequate mitigation solution can be designed such as soft coastal protection options, establishing building codes, managed retreat and in some cases well designed coastal engineering solution.”

The seminar was organised by the School of Science and Technology.

The University of Fiji would be hosting the third seminar session leading up to COP23 and United Nations Ocean Conference in collaboration with the Pacific Islands Development Forum Secretariat (PIDF) on May 19.

 

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