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64 villages to be relocated in the next few years due to climate change

A total of sixty-four villages will be relocated to high grounds in the next few years due to climate change. This was revealed by Acting Prime Minister, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum at the Green Climate Fund 2nd High-Level Regional Workshop. Hon. Sayed-Khaiyum said that three to four villages have already been relocated. SAYED-KHAIYUM: “As you know Climate […]

Peni Shute

August 1, 2016 3:12 pm

A total of sixty-four villages will be relocated to high grounds in the next few years due to climate change.

Acting Prime Minister and AG Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum while speaking at the Green Climate Fund 2nd High-Level Regional Workshop. (Fijian Government)
Acting Prime Minister and AG Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum while speaking at the Green Climate Fund 2nd High-Level Regional Workshop. (Fijian Government)

This was revealed by Acting Prime Minister, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum at the Green Climate Fund 2nd High-Level Regional Workshop.

Hon. Sayed-Khaiyum said that three to four villages have already been relocated.

SAYED-KHAIYUM: “As you know Climate change is a very critical development issue it is also a survival issue for us in the Pacific. We have actually known that the Pacific islands, in particular, have a very low carbon footprint almost negligible¬†in comparison to other countries in the world. We have countries, of course, very vulnerable even in a country like Fiji which is seen to be very much above sea-level. We have already moved about 3 or 4 villages to higher ground, we’ve got about 64 villages that are up for relocation in the next few years also.”

He said Pacific Island countries have to focus on adaptation rather than mitigation.

Hon. Sayed-Khaiyum adds that they must take a holistic approach when they talk about funding and its accessibility so that they understand the capacity of the Pacific’s vulnerability in their different economies.

The Acting PM said that there has been an increase in the awareness of accessing funds and how to access the funds to help Pacific Islands adapt to climate change.

SAYED-KHAIYUM: “We need to take a holistic approach, the reality is that with Pacific Island countries fundamentally¬†you cannot separate climate change adaption measures and say there is a separate issue regarding development. There are very much intertwined development and climate change adaptations and very much one of the same.”

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