Seruiratu stresses need to rapidly reduce emissions

Participants at the Climate Action Pacific Partnership (CAPP) Technical Expert Meeting held in Suva today. Picture: SUPPLIED

Participants at the Climate Action Pacific Partnership (CAPP) Technical Expert Meeting held in Suva today. Picture: SUPPLIED

Update: 6:31PM THERE is a need to rapidly reduce greenhouse gas emissions at source, and the need to protect and increase carbon sinks, including natural carbon sinks like oceans, forests, wetlands, and soils.

Fiji’s Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development, National Disaster Management and Meteorological Services, and the High-Level Champion for Global Climate Action, Inia Seruiratu, highlighted this today while officiating at the opening of the Climate Action Pacific Partnership (CAPP) Technical Expert Meeting in Suva.

“Both are necessary for us to achieve net-zero emissions for climate neutrality and we should not detract the importance of one over the other. Increasing carbon sinks and sequestration efforts should not undercut the urgency to reduce emissions now and vice-versa,” Mr Seruiratu said.

He also stressed the importance of achieving overall resilience and sustainable development in all our climate actions.

The participants at the meeting have been urged to contribute to the talanoa dialogue where all stakeholders are encouraged to share examples of best practices and lessons learned.

CAPP is a coalition of Pacific stakeholders from various thematic and cross-cutting areas, supported by regional and international partners. 

It was established under the COP23 Presidency in July last year.