Government of the Republic of Fiji
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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30th November 2011, Durban South Africa: This morning Fiji called on the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the 7th Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties (CMP7) to the Kyoto Protocol that has been meeting in Durban, South Africa from 28th November to 9th December 2011 to follow through on its Clean Development Mechanism.
Fiji is one of those countries that has CDM projects. The Kinoya Sewerage Treatment Plant Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Project under ADB’s loan Suva–Nausori Water Supply and Sewerage Development in Fiji develops and expands water supply and sewerage treatment systems in Suva and Nausori urban areas is the first sewerage treatment initiative in Fiji to be registered as a Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project.
In her address the Alternative Head of Fiji’s Delegation and Permanent Secretary for Local Government, Urban Development, Housing and Environment Mrs. Taina Tagicakibau told COP that “CDM is complex and my Delegation would like to call on ‘’Integrity and Equity” by all the Parties to carry us forward. I therefore on behalf of my Delegation wish to express appreciation for its progress by the CDM Executive Board1 and fellow member States.”
“Madame President CDM is the way forward and my Delegation would want to see completion of the work under the Second Commitment Period under the Kyoto Protocol. We in the Developing World need CDM especially the associated Adaptation Fund.”
Later in the afternoon Mrs. Tagicakibau addressed COP17 on the issue of the development and transfer of environmentally sound technologies. In her contribution which was distributed to the UN Secretariat Mrs. Tagicakibau assured the meeting that, “Fiji supports the declaration made by our colleague from India on behalf of the G77 +China group.The operationalization of the Technological Executive Committee is a very positive development. We also consider that more resources, including financial resources are needed to efficiently support the TEC activities to help with technology transfer towards developing countries to help them implementing efficient mitigation and adaptation actions.”
Meanwhile a meeting of the members of the Coalition for Rainforest Nations was held yesterday on Tuesday 9.00am to discuss amongst other things, "Blue Carbon" which includes: mangroves; salt marshes, and sea grasses. Fiji Delegate and Deputy Conservator of Forests Mr. Samuela Lagataki reminded the meeting that, "Even though mangroves has large potential for carbon sequestration, it also has huge potential for other areas of ecosystem services, most important is its role as home for many species and provides food such as crabs, etc. for coastal communities and as spawning grounds for fish. We also know that certain species of fresh water fish travel downstream to spawn in the mangrove ecosystem so not only coastal communities but also inland communities benefit from mangroves in the restocking of certain species of fish in our fresh water ecosystems."
“Research is therefore needed to be conducted to ensure that we do not compromise the benefits of our mangroves to our communities if mangroves ecosystems are identified for purpose of carbon sequestation.”
The Fiji Delegation to COP17 is led by the Permanent Secretary for Local Government, Urban Development, Housing and Environment, Mrs. Taina Tagicakibau and includes the Acting Deputy Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation Mr. Penijamini Lomaloma, Director Environment Mr. Jope Davetanivalu, Director Meteorology Mr. Alipate Waqaicelua, Deputy Permanent Representative of Fiji to the UN Mr. Luke Daunivalu, Deputy Conservator of Forests Mr. Samuela Lagataki, Dr Helena des Combes of USP, Lami Town Council CEO Ms. Preeya Ieli, Ms. Alisi Pulini Climate Change Officer Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation, including Fiji’s High Commissioner to South Africa Mr. Ben Salacakau. The Minister for Local Government, Urban Development, Housing and Environment Colonel Samuela Saumatua will be joining the Delegation later when the Higher Level Sessions begin the following week.
1The CDM Executive Board, whose 65th meeting finished last week, met with stakeholders for a question and answer session on the margins of the UN Climate Change Conference taking place over the next two weeks.
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