President Remengesau in a preparatory meeting in Fiji this week stated that it is time “for debates, planning and discussion over climate change and protecting our oceans.”
According to an article in Fiji Sun, Remengesau are among the Pacific nation leaders attending the HE Pacific Regional Preparatory Meeting on Oceans Conference in Suva , Fiji. [restrict]
The regional meet is in preparation of the World Ocean Conference in New York in June.
Fiji is co-hosting the conference with Sweden
Remengesau said it is time to act on threats posed to the oceans and recognize the impacts of climate change.
“Our livelihood, our food security, economic security and cultural security are at risk,” the president was quoted saying.
Palau has the same concerns with other island states with its own experience of the devastating effects of climate change and ocean degradation.
Remengesau said in Palau, sea level rise is very critical.
“Sea waters are seeping into people’s living rooms during high tides, there are unpredictable waves of typhoons and sea surges.” [/restrict]