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Fiji maps plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions

“The key question for the workshop was how we can effectively align ourselves towards the IMO targets on GHG emission reduction without compromising the transport needs of our small island
09 Feb 2018 11:00
Fiji maps plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions
Participants with Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Vijay Nath (seated third from right) during the opening of the Pacific Maritime Technical Officers workshop at Tanoa Plaza in Suva on February 7, 2018. Photo: Pacific Island Development Forum

“The key question for the workshop was how we can effectively align ourselves towards the IMO targets on GHG emission reduction without compromising the transport needs of our small island states,” said Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Vijay Nath.

A three-day workshop is underway to discuss how Fiji could reduce the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions within the International Maritime Sector.

The Pacific Maritime Technical Officers workshop with 25 participants was opened on Wednesday at the Tanoa Plaza in Suva hosted by the Fijian Government with the support of the government of France and the Pacific Island Development Forum (PIDF).

Fiji and France had entered into an administrative arrangement signed last year to further strengthen a partnership in the reduction of GHG emissions from the international maritime sector.

This partnership will enable better representation of Pacific Island countries at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) meetings in London in April.

Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Vijay Nath, said as Conference of the Parties (COP) 23 President, Fiji was aware of how critical it was for all sectors to play their part in keeping global temperature rise to no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius.

“The key question for the workshop was how we can effectively align ourselves towards the IMO targets on GHG emission reduction without compromising the transport needs of our small island states,” Mr Nath said.

“Our presence at the IMO in April this year, will give us another opportunity to reiterate the sentiments of our leaders.

“Through this workshop, the participants are expected to collectively make formal contributions on technical papers that could be further discussed for adoption at IMO.”

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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