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Climate threat real

Torika Tokalau
Saturday, December 07, 2013

ATTORNEY-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum challenged representatives yesterday at the High Level Session — 9th Pacific Islands Roundtable on Nature Conservation and Protected Areas to come up with solutions that are practical, affordable and sustainable.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum told government representatives, NGOs, corporate sector, development partners, international organisations and individual communities that everyone's goal was similar.

"To protect and preserve the rich natural and cultural heritage of the Pacific Islands forever for the benefit of the Pacific and the world," he said.

"But never has our ability to fulfil this promise been under such threat. As Pacific Island countries and territories, we are on the front line of climate change."

He said the rise in the sea level and frequent tropical storms have had a real effect in the region, to such an extent that the very existence of some island neighbours was threatened.

"We must meet the threat with clear and urgent responses where we can — solutions that are practical, affordable and sustainable.

"Fiji's firm beliefs, which is shared by our Pacific neighbours, is that only by including the full diversity of perspective, expertise, and opinion will our region have a fighting chance of achieving such solutions.

"This is our opportunity to provide input that will encourage people to take personal responsibility for the action plan and make it more applicable to our various national and regional efforts."