Friday, November 30, 2012

UNEP Report Released: Pacific Environment and Climate Change Outlook

This month, the United Nations Environment Programme in conjunction with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and other organizations released a new report titled, Pacific Environment and Climate Change Outlook  (2012). The 232-page report available here, discusses the following:
The Pacific Environment and Climate Change Outlook . . .  [c]over[s] 21 countries and territories, mostly small, low-lying island communities, the report provides a detailed assessment of the state of the Pacific environment, and lays out policy options for improving sustainable development in island communities. The experiences of over 500 communities are included in the study."This report presents concrete evidence that food, freshwater and the livelihoods of Pacific islanders are under threat, and that the Pacific is at the forefront in humanity's efforts to combat and adapt to climate change, "said UN Under-Secretary-General and UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner.
"Enhancing local capacity to directly monitor, and manage, the impacts of the region's changing environment is essential for reducing climate risks, but also for unlocking the potential economic benefits that a transition to an inclusive, low-carbon and resource efficient green economy can bring," said Mr. Steiner.
The report covers the Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs) of: American Samoa, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Kiribati, Marshall islands, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Pitcairn Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Wallis and Futuna.

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