‘Aware­ness of Ef­fects More Vi­tal’

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Cli­mate Change aware­ness should be done at all lev­els be­cause it is some­thing that af­fects us all, Com­mis­sioner North­ern Jovesa Vo­cea says. While open­ing the Re­duc­ing Emis­sions from De­for­esta­tions and for­est Degra­da­tion (REDD+) work­shop in Labasa on Mon­day, Mr Vo­cea said un­like the muchtalked about cy­clone sea­son from Novem­ber to April, cli­mate change af­fected us daily. “Cli­mate change is a daily phe­nom­ena and I think we should be talk­ing more about cli­mate change than the cy­clone sea­son,” Mr Vo­cea said. “It should be a part of our ev­ery­day lan­guage now, see­ing the ef­fects of cli­mate change to us in all the mar­itime is­lands, we wit­ness the ef­fects of cli­mate change on all the is­lands and vil­lages.” The two day work­shop which ended on Tues­day to­day was tar­geted to in­form par­tic­i­pants on the role of REDD+ and the Fiji Na­tional REDD+ Pro­gramme which started in 2009. “Re­duc­ing Emis­sions from De­for­esta­tion and For­est Degra­da­tion (REDD+) is a mech­a­nism un­der the UNFCCC to mit­i­gate cli­mate change by in­cen­tivis­ing ac­tions that re­duce de­for­esta­tion and for­est degra­da­tion, pro­mote sus­tain­able for­est man­age­ment, con­ser­va­tions and car­bon stock en­hance­ment,” Mr Vo­cea said. “REDD+ is a na­tional pro­gram that needs to be im­ple­mented at the na­tional scale, so it will de­mand ac­tive en­gage­ment from all other sec­tors.” He said there was a need for na­tional com­mit­ment in the ef­fort to ad­dress cli­mate change and in con­serv­ing our forests.

“Forests are con­sid­ered car­bon sink by ab­sorb­ing car­bon from the at­mos­phere through pho­to­syn­the­sis and trees are also im­por­tant car­bon reser­voirs by stor­ing car­bon within, also known as car­bon se­ques­tra­tion,” Mr Vo­cea said. “The in­ter­est to raise aware­ness for this next two days of­fers the op­por­tu­nity for in­te­gra­tion, col­lab­o­ra­tion and par­tic­i­pa­tion.” This work­shop was col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween GIZ, REDD+ and the Min­istry of Forests. Edited by Ru­si­ate Mataika

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