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'Change mind-set'

Ioane Burese
Friday, January 25, 2013

THE zero death toll from the recent cyclone demonstrates the resilience of Fijians and the change in mind-set towards cyclones and natural disasters.

Minister for Local Government, Urban Development, Housing and Environment Colonel Samuela Saumatua, while officiating at a Pacific Islands Climate Services workshop, challenged participants to work out a plan on how stakeholders could address climate change issues in the Pacific.

"With the input provided by the speakers and participants we will be able to provide valuable insights into how climate and weather forecasting can help our communities prepare for the considerable challenges of the next decade and century," he said. "We are also reaching out to other stakeholders to see how we can raise to another level on preparedness to improve resilience."

Colonel Saumatua said such workshops allowed the government to improve its position in addressing climate change issues.

USP acting vice chancellor Dr Esther Williams said the forum would provide a platform for the Pacific to learn more about climate change.

"We need more information on climate change programs and how we can improve in disseminating information to the people," she said.

She said the USP had included climate change programs in its strategic plan to better address the issue at tertiary level.