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Embrace Nature-Based Solutions In Disaster Risk Reduction, Climate Change Action: Wycliffe

The Ministry of Local Government, Housing and Environment permanent secretary, Joshua Wycliffe encourages Pacific countries to embrace ecosystem or nature-based solutions to climate change. Mr Wycliffe was speaking at the
26 Oct 2017 11:17
Embrace Nature-Based Solutions In Disaster Risk Reduction, Climate Change Action:  Wycliffe
Environment Permanent Secretary Joshua Wycliffe.

The Ministry of Local Government, Housing and Environment permanent secretary, Joshua Wycliffe encourages Pacific countries to embrace ecosystem or nature-based solutions to climate change.

Mr Wycliffe was speaking at the Pacific Regional Dialogue on linking action on climate change, biodiversity management and sustainable development at the Holiday Inn Suva.

“Countries have nothing to lose. It doesn’t cost much. It may be as simple as maintaining what we have. And of course, repairing the ecosystems that have been damaged,” Mr Wycliffe said.

“Significantly our ecosystems such as coastlines, forests and corals were extensively damaged resulting in disruptions in economic activities and a drop in our GDP (Gross Domestic Product),” he said.

“We all appreciate that ecosystems form the very foundations of our lives, our social and economic activities and our lives are intricately tied to the well-being of ecosystems.

“The purpose of the dialogue is to identify opportunities for ensuring that biodiversity and climate change policies speak to each other, and that climate change policies integrate nature-based solutions.”

The five-day dialogue this week is convened by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and SwedBio at Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC).

The event comprised a combination of dialogue sessions and field visits to various sites in Viti Levu to learn from Fiji’s ongoing efforts towards the achievement of its Aichi Biodiversity Targets, and in the context of its upcoming role as President of COP23.

 

Nature-based solutions

Is defined by IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) as “actions to protect, sustainably manage, and restore natural or modified ecosystems, that address societal challenges effectively and adaptively, simultaneously providing human well-being and biodiversity benefits.”

Source: DEPTFO News

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