Climate support program

Royal Australian Navy officer, Lieutenant Eve Parker, provides an officer of the watch manoeuvres brief to three visiting members of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces embarked in HMAS Adelaide for the transit from Sydney to Fiji on the bridge of HMAS Adelaide. Picture: SUPPLIED

LIKE Fiji, Australia is an island surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and relies very heavily on resources from the sea, says Australian High Commissioner to Fiji, John Feakes.

He said just like Pacific Island nations, Australia suffered from the effects of climate change such as damage to its reefs.

Mr Feakes said apart from programs to assist its own environment issues, the Australian Government had provided $34 million over the past six years through the Climate and Ocean Support Program (COSPPac) to aid the Pacific.

“The Pacific Ocean Portal is the collaboration between the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Australian Bureau of Meteorology which will allow scientists working on the oceans to more accurately predict ocean conditions and effects of climate change on them,” Mr Feakes said.

He said education was a critical issue when it came to some of the challenges faced by countries to reach sustainable development ocean goals.

“We are all working hard towards them. I think there has been a big focus in the last few years on oceans.

“We take our hats off to the leadership Fiji has provided in this area in highlighting the problems.

“I am reasonably confident that we will be able to address these issues.

“I think through education and targeted programs Fiji, New Zealand and Australia will be able to address these problems.”

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