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Suva, FIJI – September 3, 2019: 12.35pm (Nuku’alofa Times/FCC): The Fijian Government last week began a national outreach on Fiji’s National Adaption Plan (NAP) process.

A statement from the Fiji Climate Change Division said that NAP process provides an opportunity for developing countries to identify their adaptation needs and to develop and implement strategies to address these needs.

Fiji is one of the 13 countries that have managed to produce a NAP on Climate Change.

The National Adaptation Plan is the main overarching process through which the Fijian Government will address climate change vulnerability locally.

Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama launched Fiji’s National Adaptation Plan in Katowice, Poland during the 24th Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

In his opening statement at the first NAP Awareness Workshop, Mr. Nilesh Prakash – Head of the Climate Change and International Cooperation Division, emphasised that the success of Fiji’s response to climate change lies in strong partnerships between all state and non-state actors with local communities.

Commissioner Western, Mr Joji Satakala also addressed the workshop participants and highlighted the need for enhanced partnerships in implementing prioritised actions identified in the National Adaptation Plan.

In his address he highlighted the activities currently implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture on soil stabilisation work along major riverbanks, the development of more climate resilient varieties of cane by the Ministry of Sugar and the work of the Mamanuca Environment Society in partnering with hotels in the Western Division to strengthen climate resilience of local communities.

Fiji’s national lead on Adaptation, Mr Shivanal Kumar in his presentation highlighted the importance of the NAP as an entry point in implementing various international agreements which Fiji has ratified.

This includes the Paris Agreement, 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and others.

Mr Kumar also highlighted that NAPs can be the foundation on which countries build short and long term adaptation actions.

This outreach session in the Western Division was the beginning of the approach by the Fijian Government to increase understanding and knowledge of the NAP process among stakeholders so that there is improved coordination and acceleration of the implementation of priority adaptation activities.

NAPs, along with other international agreements, represents an entirely new opportunity for countries to transform themselves towards a more sustainable development pathway.

The NAP Awareness Workshop was held in Lautoka on Friday,  August 23, with participation from Government Ministries, Town Councils, Civil Society and the Private sector.

This is the first of many workshops planned for the various divisions.

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