Kiribati ex-parliamentarian says Pacific island region needs long-term solutions to mitigate impact

Updated: Dec 4, 2020

Pacific island nations need to establish a strong coordination among institutions to up the effectiveness of interventions aimed at mitigating the impact of climate change, according to Tebuai Uaai, former speaker of the Kiribati Parliament.

“Scientists have cranked up the alarm for nations to dramatically cut greenhouse gas emissions and work toward mitigating impacts from the climate crisis,” Uaai said at the Nov. 28 webinar organized by the Heavenly Culture World Peace and Restoration of Light (HWPL).

“A dozen countries including Fiji, Vanuatu and the Federated States of Micronesia are identified as particularly vulnerable to climate change and natural disasters,” Uuai said.

In Kiribati, he added, the sea continues to rise, threatening to submerge the island nation's coastal areas and flooding some homes throughout the year.

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