8 Jun 2010

NZ opposes small island states' climate stance

1:38 pm on 8 June 2010

New Zealand has reiterated its opposition to an international mechanism to address loss and damages resulting from climate change.

Such a mechanism is being sought by groupings such as the Alliance of Small Island States at the Bonn Climate Change Negotiations.

But New Zealand has restated that it's difficult to prove a link between climate change and any specific extreme event.

PACNEWS reports this view is supported by Norway, Canada, and the United States.

While acknowledging that all countries face adaptation challenges, the US says an insurance mechanism is not appropriate to address loss and damage.

The Alliance, which groups all islands in the Pacific, Caribbean and Indian Oceans, is lobbying for an adaptation body with a new funding window, similar to the Adaptation Fund under the Kyoto Protocol.