Wednesday 3 July 2013

Climate crab

Mr Halitesh Datt, Fiji TV

3 July, 2013, Nadi, Fiji - With all the jargon and technical terms associated with climate change and changing weather patterns, it is often a tough task for authorities to relay scientific information to communities.
However efforts have now been made to educate people about climate change and weather pattern using animation.
Australian Climate Change Science and Adaptation Planning program with Red Cross last night launched an animated film to bridge the scientific communication gap.
Called "Climate Crab" this animation transforms scientific knowledge about El Nino and La Nina into simple language for common people.

Mr. Salesa Nihmei, SPREP

This new creative initiative is expected to go a long way in encouraging the region to take an early action in preparing for extreme weather events.

There has been an extensive consultation process before finalising this initiative.  It took PACCSAP and the Red Cross almost 6 months to finalise this project

Silesa Nihmei says this is just the start of many such initiatives to come in future.  He adds the important function of such projects is to get the message on climate change clear to the people on the ground level.

PCCR begins in Nadi

By Halitesh Datt , Fiji TV

The Climate change and disaster risk management talks have started in Nadi with one of the main topics on the agenda the need to build resilience to climate change through collaboration.

As the 4th Pacific Climate  Change Roundtable meeting got underway this morning, climate experts from and around the region are hoping to do just that.

The preview of Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change , IPCC 5th report has revealed some disturbing climate trends for future.

The report reveals that continued emissions can lead to temperature increase  between 1.8 to 4 degrees and sea level can rise as much as 1 meter by next century.

Calls are now been made by these experts here for an urgent action at all level.

Mr. David Sheppard, Director-General, SPREP

Sheppard says countries especially here in the region must integrate their responses to effectively address the challenges of climate change and disaster risk reduction.

The Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Amena Yauvoli says climate change is an added burden on the pacific island countries on top of some of the existing challenges.

Permanent Secretary Foreign Affairs, Fiji, Mr. Amena Yauvoli

The Pacific Climate Change Roundtable is held 3 - 5 July at the Sheraton Hotel in Denarau, Fiji.