FIJI is urging world leaders again on the need for investment funds to assist in protecting food systems, agricultural productivity and water supplies.
This was highlighted by the Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka delivering his opening statement at the Pacific Small Islands Developing States High Level Dialogue on Climate Change held at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva today.
“We need support as well to build infrastructure to withstand the intensifying effects of rising sea levels, extreme weather and the shifting dynamics of the ocean.”
“I go further and call for a special fund dedicated to assisting our Island nations. It would enable us to act swiftly to adjust to and protect against the creeping climate menace. Early warning systems must be set up along with evacuation plans and community adaptation training.”
“This crisis relentlessly eats away at our shores and coastal areas. Six Fijian villages have already been relocated. Forty-two are earmarked to be removed in the next five to ten years.”