APEC climate meeting outcome vital
22 August, 2018, 2:10 pm
PORT MORESBY, 22 AUGUST 2018 (POST COURIER) – The APEC climate symposium is a significant contribution to the discussions of information, science and technology.
“It contributes to the policy partnership on science technology and Innovations (PPSTI) as this symposium aims to improve understanding and utilisation of climate science and applicability in ensuring water and food security with theme of regional scale climate forecast information and services, said SOM chair Ambassador Ivan Pomaleu.
At the start of the three-day climate symposium Pomaleu said scenes of flooding and storms show us just how much weather and climate can affect our lives.
“Understanding and predicting what the coming winter might bring, or predicting how climate will change over the next century is of vital importance – both for our economy and for the society.
“Climate change is affecting our people in the region in far-reaching ways. Impacts related to climate change are evident across regions and in many sectors important to society, such as human health, agriculture and food security, water supply, transportation, energy, ecosystems, and others and are expected to become increasingly disruptive throughout this century and beyond.
“As the impacts of climate change become more prevalent, we face decisions about how to plan and respond.
“Using scientific information to prepare for climate change can create economic opportunities, and proactively managing the risks can reduce impacts and costs over time,” he said.