Pacific leaders meet to strengthen climate action ahead of COP23

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“As Pacific islanders, we have been made custodians of our greatest assets – our people, our culture, our land and our oceans, by our forefathers. A duty we need to fulfill because if we are not careful, we will not only lose our home but we will lose the economic benefits that sustains our livelihoods,” said Christopher Cocker, CEO of the South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO), at the Climate Action Pacific Partnership (CAPP) Event held last week in Suva, Fiji.

The CEO’s comments highlight how important it is for the region to address climate change. Pacific countries are some of the most vulnerable to climate change events such as natural disasters, increased drought and sea level rises.

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Source: Matangi Tonga

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