‘Awareness of Effects More Vital’
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