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Fighting climate change

Ana Madigibuli
Friday, August 22, 2014

CLIMATE change adaptation and the reducing of greenhouse gas emissions in the country will surely strengthen sustainable development.

Many around the Pacific region are working towards sustainable development with Fiji being in the frontline.

The national platform held at Lami this week focused on getting stakeholders to better understand the Green Growth Framework and the government's plan in addressing disaster risk and climate change.

Minister for Works Captain Timoci Natuva said the theme of the national platform — Reducing disaster risk and climate change vulnerability through resilient development — provided the challenge for the stakeholders to discuss or to come up with recommendation and solutions to the issues being experienced.

"My understanding on Green Growth Framework is that it provides roadmap for Fiji beyond 2014 reflecting the aspirations of government on sustainable development goals within the three major pillars of environment, social and economic," Capt Natuva said.

"It simply means that these two programs will be given equal priority in all government commitments.

"Sustainable development cannot be achieved if disaster risk and climate change issues are not addressed appropriately."

He said the objective of the national platform was to get the stakeholders to agree on a process to develop a national strategic plan for disaster risk management and climate change.

"This should be realised and we should remove the mentality that has plagued our efforts for many years."

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