CLIMATE CHANGE NEGOTIATORS VISITS KUMI VILLAGE SEAWALL

China’s top climate change negotiator and Special Representative for Climate Change Affairs, Mr. Xie Zhenhua, along with a Chinese delegation, today toured Kumi Village in Verata, Tailevu to see first-hand the effects of rising seas caused by climate change. The coastal village of Kumi had a seawall commissioned in December 2016 to address the flooding and surging tides that threatened the village. The tour highlighted how Fiji, as incoming President of COP 23, is having to urgently confront the reality of climate change, and how the Fijian Government is assisting communities to adapt to the severe effects of rising sea levels. The delegation met with villagers in Kumi to discuss why they were visiting Fiji, Fiji and China’s cooperation on confronting climate change and China’s commitment to giving small island developing states an opportunity to voice their concerns to the international community. Fiji”s High Level Climate Action Champion, Inia Seruiratu, and Fiji’s Ambassador to China, Iowane Naivalurua, accompanied the delegation on the tour.   [Source: Fijian Government]

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