NZ $2million investment for climate change

Clarke Gayford, husband of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (left), Ms Ardern and Prime Minister Voreqe Baininmarama during her welcome ceremony at the GPH. Picture: RAMA

THE New Zealand government has dedicated a $2million investment to support Fiji manage communities displaced by climate change.

NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern made the announcement during her visit to the University of the South Pacific Laucala Bay campus in Suva yesterday.

“While we must do all we can to mitigate and prevent the full frontal assault of climate change we must also prepare, and that’s exactly what’s happening here in Fiji,” she said.

“We are contributing to the establishment of Fiji’s Climate Relocation and Displaced Peoples Trust Fund for Communities and Infrastructure, launched in September – a world first initiative that aims to sustainably and sensitively manage the relocation of Fiji’s communities.

“With five community relocations under way or completed in Fiji and a further forty identified, this is an issue for the here and now.”

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