The European Union will be directing more funds to the government for Post TC Winston Rehabilitation works. This was confirmed to FBC News by Head of Cooperation of the EU Delegation for the Pacific, Christoph Wagner. “For us this is an opportunity to help Fiji very quickly so first we redirect assisting funds and have worked with partners like with the Pacific Community and then we will mobilize additional funds and some of these went through humanitarian aid which also came in quickly and other is also more in longer terms.
The Head of Cooperation of the European Union Delegation for the Pacific, Christoph Wagner, urged Pacific leaders to continue spearheading international work on climate change mitigation and adaptation, based on the success of the high-ambition coalition in the lead-up to Paris Agreement last November. Wagner made the call at the 4th Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) Leaders' Summit in Honiara, Solomon Islands this week. Wagner explained EU's ongoing work to implement the Paris Agreement on mitigation - in order to reach the EU 40% reduction goal of green-house gas emissions by 2030.
A Fiji village that was battered by a landslide in 2012, slammed by that year's Cyclone Evan and then again by Cyclone Winston, is being relocated. A ground breaking ceremony is being held today at the relocated site of Tuturaki village which was destroyed by the triple disasters. Tuturaki was inland from Lautoka on Viti Levu and is being moved further into the island's interior. The initiative of Fiji's National Disaster Management Office will cost $US289,000 dollars and is being implemented by the Pacific Community. The European Union has also backed the project.
United Kingdom's (UK) Department for International Development (DfID) has given Malawi £24 million (about K23 billion) as a contribution to the government's National Disaster Response Plan, the British High Commission in Lilongwe has said . A statement made available to Nyasa Times says the UK Development Minister Nick Hurd , confirmed the support on Wednesday during a telephone conversation with President Peter Mutharika. The support from the UK will assist some of the 6.5 million people identified by the Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee (MVAC) food security assessment as requiring emergency food/cash assistance over the next nine months.
There is a need to devise extensive strategies on how to deal with the adverse effects of climate change, former Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano has said. Chissano made the remarks last Wednesday during the 31st session of the African, Caribbean and Pacific group of nations and European Union (ACP-EU) Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA). He said climate change continues to pose major threats to the development of countries globally, and have far-reaching consequences on weather patterns in some countries.
The so-called COP21 agreement will come into force after it is ratified by at least 55 countries that account for at least 55 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions. Those countries will then be legally bound by it. The Commission's new proposal comes just weeks after the EU and 174 countries formally signed the Paris agreement, the world's first universal legally binding deal to tackle climate change, in New York. In an announcement on Friday, the Commission said it intends, in the coming months, to propose state targets to reduce emissions in those sectors not covered by the EU emissions trading system, such as transport, agriculture and buildings
National Governing Bodies and civil societies are calling on the European Union to stop funding “reckless development activities”. The South Pacific Ocean is widely used for exploration and experimentation and at the 5th Annual Deep Sea Mining Summit yesterday there was a call for a ban on this “frontier” industry. NGOs, communities and churches across the Pacific are backing the fight to save their ocean. Natalie Lowrey, from the Australian based Deep Sea Mining campaign, said: “The South Pacific is currently the world’s laboratory for the experiment of seabed mining. With over 1.5 million square kilometres of ocean floor already under exploration leasehold the world’s first licence to operate a deep sea mine has been granted in Papua New Guinea to Canadian company Nautilus Minerals Solwara 1 project in the Bismarck Sea.” The Alliance of Solwara Warriors, which is made up of over 20 communities and organisations across the Bismarck and Solomon Seas, are making a stand to ‘Ban Seabed Mining’ in PNG and the Pacific.
The Council of Sugar Cane Growers has welcomed the European Union's $23 million direct aid to the agriculture and sugar sectors. Council CEO Sundresh Chetty said the aid package would significantly boost the confidence of canefarmers in Ba, Tavua and Rakiraki who were among the hardest hit by Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston. Prime Minister and Minister for Sugar Voreqe Bainimarama signed an agreement with EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica at the EU-ACP Summit in Port Moresby yesterday. "During a time when many growers are still trying to piece their lives and livelihoods together after the devastation caused by Severe TC Winston, this is certainly good news," Mr Chetty said. "It is very timely and growers welcome this mammoth contribution by the EU towards assisting the sector. But what we would like to see is more discussions are held with stakeholders on how best this money could be utilised.
Today 1 June, European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, will begin his visit to the Pacific Region, where he will announce new support for post cyclones Pam (in Vanuatu) and Winston (in Fiji) recovery and response to the effects El Niño (for the most affected six Pacific countries) and together with New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully and New Zealand Climate Change Minister Paula Bennett, will leave for a joint official visit to Vanuatu, Kiribati and Tuvalu. The Commissioner will conclude his visit in New Zealand by co-hosting a high-level conference on energy, agriculture and climate change in the Pacific. The visit will also be an occasion to expand the cooperation with New Zealand in energy with Tonga and Nieu, as well as in agriculture in Vanuatu. EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, said: "The European Commission is amongst the Pacific's leading partners, not only in the struggle against climate change, but also in achieving sustainable development in the region. In addition to the €634 million allocated for the Pacific Region in the period 2014-2020, we will be contributing additional 54,5 million for climate change mitigation and climate relevant actions. We value the strong foundations of our partnership and remain committed to contribute to the wellbeing of the citizens of the Pacific."
Pa Ousman Jarju, Minister of Environment, Climate Change, Water, Wildlife and Fisheries, last Wednesday presided over the launching of a 41-month EU-ACP funded project in Kerewan in the North Bank Region. The four-year project dubbed “Action Against Desertification Project” under the Great Green Wall for the Sahara and Sahel Initiative (GGWSSI) in The Gambia is an AU project, funded by the EU, executed by the FAO and implemented by the Department of Forestry. The Gambia like many other Sahelian countries in the sub-region is confronted with the familiar set of problems associated with agriculture, biodiversity loss, land degradation and out-ward youth migration. According to the minister, deforestation and land degradation are a major environmental problem that threatens agricultural productivity, thus directly affecting the livelihood of thousands of rural populations, particularly in the northern part of the country. He said there is a need to take urgent action to combat desertification that already is manifested in this part of the country (North Bank Region).