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PM Launches Our Adaptation Plan at COP24

PM Launches Our Adaptation Plan at COP24
Prime Minister and COP23 President Voreqe Bainimarama
December 15
10:50 2018

COP23 President and Prime Minister Voreqe Bainima­rama yesterday launched the Fiji Low Emission Development Strategy in Katowice, Poland.

The launch took place at the Ko­ronivia and Pacific Pavilion.

Speaking at the event, Mr Baini­marama said that the Low Emis­sion Development Strategy was a living document designed to in­spire action that “we can add to at any time on the journey that will take us to net zero carbon emis­sions by 2050 or sooner.”

He said no Pacific island nation has ever undertaken such a thor­ough or comprehensive study on an economy-wide, low carbon develop­ment strategy.

“But we haven’t done this on our own. And I want to pay particular tribute to the Global Green Growth Institute for the technical expertise it has provided for this and other projects in Fiji,” Mr Bainimarama said.

He also appealed to the industrial nations to meet and increase their commitments to the Green Climate Fund and for more focus on deploy­ing those and other investments to where they are needed most.

Fiji’s High Level Climate Cham­pion and Minister for Defence and National Security Inia Seruiratu also launched Fiji’s Planned Relo­cation Guidelines.

Mr Seruiratu said that the Planned Relocation Guidelines reiterates Fiji’s commitment towards climate change adaptation and building re­silience in communities.

“To date, a total of three villages have already been successfully ful­ly relocated in Fiji, two partially re­located and two more in the initial stages of relocation.

“And according to the Fijian Green Growth Framework, there are around 42 more communi­ties recommended for relocation. Proper scientific assessment of the dynamics of these communities is critical.”

Mr Seruiratu added that the Fijian Government was making long term preparations that will be accompa­nied by reliable hazard maps and socio-economic studies that depict scenarios of hazards in a commu­nity.

He also acknowledged the German Government and the European Un­ion for their increasing and con­tinuous support for Fiji’s climate change projects.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra


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