Climate change poses the single greatest threat to our livelihoods: Usamate

Acting Minister for Defense and National Security and Foreign Affairs Jone Usamate with participants of the 3rd South West Pacific Heads of Maritime Forces Meeting. Picture: SUPPLIED

CLIMATE change and its effects poses a formidable set of fundamental challenges to life in the Pacific islands but these challenges can be managed individually as sovereign states and collaboratively as a region so that their impacts are minimal.

The Acting Minister for Defense and National Security and Foreign Affairs Jone Usamate said this while officiating at the 3rd South West Pacific Heads of Maritime Forces Meeting today at Holiday Inn hotel in Suva.

“It is without a doubt that climate change poses the single greatest threat to our livelihoods and existence,” Mr Usmate said.

He said major climate –related security concerns for the Pacific Islands include access to fresh water, local food supply and infrastructure damage.

“Potentially, these impacts are further projected to second-order consequences.”

A primary objective of the workshop is to protect the Sea Lanes of Communication’s (SLOC), either for trade shipping lines, gathering natural sea resources and other sea-based activities.

 

 

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