Beyond Awareness – Building Capacity on Adaptation and Mitigation for Pacific
Climate change adaptation needs utmost political and government commitment. Other sectors like media and the private sector should be aware of the issues and concerns on climate change. Many Pacific Islands drastically lags far behind in integrating climate change considerations into development planning, policies and actions. There has been limited work done to promote scientific research. The same goes for mitigation and adaptation. Disaster risk management is an entry point to climate change adaptation. We must start with ‘us’ – in our own positions, we need to influence whatever action plans our organizations prepare and implement. We need to integrate climate change/DRR related activities into our own work. Some of the sectors may be more vulnerable than others and some may offer support roles. Water and agriculture are the most vulnerable sectors which can step in to reduce the vulnerability of farmers and the nation as a whole. Other initiatives may include health, early warning systems and climate-resilient buildings. Education, technology sectors and, NGOs on the other hand can systematically strengthen a support role to enhance awareness and provide means to address the challenge.