Samoa at forefront of climate change advocacy campaign

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi says Samoa has been at the forefront of regional and global climate change impacts and adaptation advocacy campaign.

"The Samoa Pathway 2014, the blueprint of the sustainable development agenda of Small Island States, together with the Paris Agreement 2016, are international frameworks in place, setting global direction," said Tuilaepa.

He made the comments at the opening of the World Symposium on climate change impacts and adaptation strategies in coastal communities in Apia today.

"We should not be complacent, rather, remain active in implementing these high level commitments through domestic actions. Such actions should aim at supporting and protecting our most vulnerable communities through targeted interventions of adaptation,” Tuilaepa said.

"Samoa is taking an integrated approach to reduce disaster and climate change induced risks; and subsequently enhances community resilience. We have mainstreamed climate change in all fourteen thematic sectors of Strategy for the Development of Samoa.”

“Community Integrated Management Plans are being developed for all forty one districts of Samoa focusing on building community resilience to climate change via soft and hard interventions."

The Prime Minister also announced that Samoa now has a draft of the first ever legislation to coordinate all national climate change efforts, and a proposal to establish a new Ministry for climate change.

"Other initiative include the revision of the national building code to include a key focus on climate change resilience, plating of trees under the Two Million Trees Programme; establishing the coastal village of Savaia as a 'tsunami ready' community; procurement of electrical scooters for Land Transport Authority to reduce emissions."

He also said Samoa is pleased to host the Pacific Climate Change Centre, which will offer new, innovative and best practice ways to address the challenges of climate change in our region.

He congratulated the organisers of the meeting, which include the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, the International Climate Change Information Programme and the Adventist Disaster Relief Agency (ADRA) according to a release from the Ministry of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

"I hope your discussions will result in the creation of new sustainable partnerships and networks so that we can all work together in formulating and implementing sustainable climate change adaptation strategies. 

About 100 participants are attending the symposium.


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