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   Government of the Republic of Fiji

  Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    A Better Fiji through Excellence in Foreign Service

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Media Release

FIJI AND GERMANY DISCUSS CLIMATE CHANGE PROJECTS

 

5th May 2011, Suva, FIJI: Today the Deputy Secretary (Economics & Trade) Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation, Mr. Shaheen Ali met with officials of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ – German International Development Agency),  to discuss areas of cooperation between Fiji and Germany especially effectively addressing climate change issues through adaptation and mitigation measures.

The potential negative impact of climate change is nowhere more slgnificant than in the small island states of the Pacific Island region. Many of the region’s countries have already been affected by climate change, and for many of these countries, there are no alternatives to effectively addressing climate change issues through adaptation and mitigation measures. Some of the problems are lowland flooding, saltwater intrusion and coastal erosion as many communities throughout the Pacific inhabit coastal lowlands. Changing rainfall patterns, increased drought periods, increased cyclone intensity and rising sea level are likely to affect all sectors and communities of the Pacific Small Island Developing States (PSIDS) as a whole.

In this context the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany through the Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has extended its commitment to support Pacific Island Countries to cope with the effects of climate change. In addition to the already allocated 14.2 Mb. EURO to the SPC/GTZ regional programme ‘Coping with Climate Change in the Pacific Island Region (CCCPIR)’, BMZ plans to further allocate up to 3 Mio. EURO to extend the current programme by a component on education and climate change. This supports the Pacific Island Framework for Action on Climate Change.
 
The meeting today was with the new Team Leader of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)/ Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale  Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)  Regional  Programme  –  Coping  with Climate Change in the Pacific Island Region, Dr Wulf Killmann who is the new Team Leader/Senior  Adviser  for  the GIZ  Regional  Programme.  He replaces Dr Hermann Fickinger who returned to Germany in March this year.

The meeting discussed the linkage between climate change and trade and how the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation and the German International Development Agency may work cooperatively in this area to their mutual benefit.

The Deputy Secretary (Economics & Trade) Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation, Mr. Shaheen Ali expressed the Ministry’s appreciation for Germany’s contribution to the Pacific in the area of Climate Change and expressed the hope that the two nations will be able to build on their already warm and friendly relations. END

(Photo caption: MOFA Economics & Trade officer Ms Radika Kumar, Mr Karl P. Kirsch-Jung GIZ Program Director & Senior Advisor,  Mr Ali. Dr Killman and Christine Fung CIZ Deputy Team Leader)