Fiji continues to work towards 1.5 goal: Bainimarama
December 8, 2019 12:25 pm
Fiji remains committed to reaching the Paris Agreement goal of limiting the increased in global average temperature to 1.5 degrees.
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says this is by our nation achieving zero net emissions by 2050.
Speaking at COP 25 in Madrid, Bainimarama also says next year, Fiji will submit an enhanced nationally determined contribution to the UNFCCC.
“We are one of a handful of countries with both a Climate Vulnerability Assessment and a National Adaptation Plan. On the ground in Fiji, we’re pouring resources into projects to implement these plans. We are using solar mini-grids to bring electricity to villages on outer islands and working with Energy Fiji Limited and our donor partners to achieve 100% renewable energy generation by 2030.”
The Prime Minister says Fiji and the Pacific continue to face an urgent need to out all efforts in fighting the climate issues but adapting to climate change is a much more urgent priority than reducing our negligible levels of emissions.
“Indeed, effective adaptation is inseparable from sustainable economic development. We are investing in research to identify climate-resilient seeds and teach climate-resilient farming practices. We are rehabilitating our mangroves and coral reefs. We are working to restore degraded forests and stabilize riverbanks. We’re investing in our ecosystems, providing our people with food security and protection against cyclones and floods.”
COP 25 continues in Madrid tonight.