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Climate talks on

Maciu Malo
Friday, September 13, 2013

UNITED Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) experts met in Nadi to address the impacts faced by developing countries.

Officially opening the two-day meet at the Sheraton Resort, Foreign Affairs Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola said the objective of the gathering was to discuss UNFCCC's work program on loss and damage associated with climate change impacts in developing countries.

"Although the attribution of specific extreme weather events to climate change remains a focus of scientific debate, we have been observing and experiencing these events in higher frequency and increasing intensity," he said

"In addition to destructive extreme weather events, climate-related slow onset events, such as sea level rise, ocean acidification and rising sea surface water, have wide-ranging and profound impacts on our society and economy. These events threaten the integrity and functioning of ecosystems, especially marine and coastal ecosystems."

Ratu Inoke said this had severe implications for Fiji's economic development with the country's dependence upon natural resources for its primary industries of fisheries, forestry and agriculture.

"Confronted with the additional challenges of delivering socioeconomic development to its people under a changing climate, the government is working closely with its regional and international partners, has been at the forefront of taking concrete climate change actions.

"Through a thorough consultative process, we launched our National Climate Change Policy in March 2012 which outlines a process for mainstreaming of climate change-related impacts into all line ministries."

Ratu Inoke said while striving to guide national efforts to promote the development of renewable energy resources, the policy placed the reduction of vulnerability and enhancing of resilience to climate change impacts of Fiji's communities squarely at the centre of the national climate change response.

The meeting ends today.