“It’s critical that the donor community pursues and increases its support for the needs of the Pacific,” he said.
SPC has a large portfolio of climate change and disaster risk management projects in the Pacific region and collaborates closely with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS).
While in Hawai’i, Dr Tukuitonga will also have the opportunity to address Pacific Island leaders on the “new song” for coastal fisheries.
The “new song” is an innovative strategy to achieve sustainable inshore fisheries, underpinned by community-based approaches that provide food security, long-term economic, social and ecological benefits to Pacific Island communities.
The initiative was developed in 2015 by over 100 participants representing fisheries and environment departments across SPC’s 22 members at a regional coastal fisheries management workshop convened by the organisation.
“Inshore fisheries are a primary or secondary source of income for up to 50 percent of households in the Pacific region. By 2030, it is estimated that an additional 115,000 tonnes of fish will be needed across the region for good nutrition and therefore to avoid the projected supply deficit, sources of fish need to diversify and management of coastal fisheries will need to improve,” Dr Tukuitonga said.
The 10-day World Conservation Congress, which will also be attended by SPC’s Director for Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change Programme, Sylvie Goyet and her team, will also provide the opportunity to highlight key results of two climate-change related initiatives – EU-INTEGRE and AFD/FFEM RESCCUE.
A full programme of SPC’s intervention and participation at the Congress and contact details of the delegation can be made available.
The Congress concludes on 10 September.
Source: PACIFIC COMMUNITY /PACNEWS | 01 September 2016