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Assistant Minister Eden Reminds Stakeholders of Extreme Conditions Reefs Are Exposed To

Fiji is a signatory to a number of multilateral environmen­tal agreements, within which numerous commitments are made and this includes marine protec­tion and management. Assistant Minister for Environ­ment Lorna Eden
17 Jan 2018 11:00
Assistant Minister Eden Reminds Stakeholders of Extreme Conditions Reefs Are Exposed To
Representatives from various Government departments and stakeholders with United Nation special envoy for oceans Peter Thompson (third from the left) beside Assistant Minister for Environment Lorna Eden and United Nations Environment Programme executive director Erik Solheim (middle) gathered during the International Year of the Reef talanoa session at Koro Sun Resort in Savusavu on January 16. Photo:Shratika Naidu

Fiji is a signatory to a number of multilateral environmen­tal agreements, within which numerous commitments are made and this includes marine protec­tion and management.

Assistant Minister for Environ­ment Lorna Eden made this state­ment during the International Year of the Reef talanoa session at Koro Sun Resort in Savusavu yesterday.

The session was to remind stake­holders of the extreme conditions reefs are being exposed to and to develop a 2018 Action Plan for reefs in Fiji.

 

She said their projects supported reef sustainability through ecosys­tem-based management approach­es, species conservation, climate resilience and a dual management system.

“We also have well established co-ordinating mechanisms in place for example national environment council, the protected areas com­mittee and the offshore technical advisory committee,” Ms Eden said.

“To complement the above there exists a strong network partner­ship of Government and non-gov­ernment partners.

“We know the critical relationship between climate and the ocean and our coral reefs are on the front line when it comes to the impacts.

“At COP23 in Bonn we launched the Ocean Pathway to find the right space for the ocean in the UNFCCC process and ensure that a healthy ocean is recognised as critical for fixing climate change and vice ver­sa.”

She further said: “We are facing drastic loss on a global scale of our reefs as a direct result of climate change and I hope this year will be a direct result of climate change and for ocean health,” Ms Eden said.

“In Fiji we depend upon the reefs for at least three industry segments that are vital to our national sus­tainability. They are namely the fishing, agriculture and tourism industries.”

Coral reefs contain the most di­verse range of ecosystems on the planet.

Edited by Percy Kean

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