Aug 26, 2016

View from the Pacific: ‘Climate change is real’

written by Tina Baumgartner
in category Uncategorized, Vanuatu

Pacific island leaders expressed their concerns about climate change in the region at the 2016 Asia-Pacific Rainforest Summit, held from 3-5 August in Brunei Darussalam.

Government representatives from Fiji, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu spoke about the dangers of rising sea levels and extreme weather events for Pacific island nations, and urged the region to take action by conserving forests for climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Children play in the water at Port Vila, Vanuatu. Rising sea levels as a result of climate change are a great concern for Pacific island nations. Photo: Ed Kruger

Children play in the water at Port Vila, Vanuatu. Rising sea levels as a result of climate change are a great concern for Pacific island nations. Photo: Ed Kruger

Leaders also pledged their commitment to conserving forests for better local resilience to climate change, among other benefits.

“Forests will continue to play a vital role in many countries within the Asia-Pacific region in contributing to national economic development, food security, employment and in supporting livelihoods in rural areas,” said Osea Naiqamu, Fiji’s Minister for Fisheries and Forests.

“Climate change is real for Fiji. Not only for Fiji, but for small islands states like Kiribati, Tuvalu, all those other small island states in the Pacific,” he added.

Hear more from Pacific island leaders in the video below:

Blog post by the Center for International Forestry Research, 26 August 2016