28 Dec 2010

American Samoa plans climate change conference

7:18 am on 28 December 2010

Efforts are being made in American Samoa to raise awareness of the effects of changing weather conditions and provide ideas on how the territory can prepare for them.

The territory is already experiencing the effects of climate change such as coral bleaching, flooding during heavy rains and sea level rise.

Next year the Department of Commerce, the Coral Reef Advisory Group and the Coastal Zone Management Programme plan a conference to deal with these issues.

The Coral Reef Advisory Group spokesperson, Hideyo Hattori, says people's understanding of the possible impact of climate change is still poor:

"I believe there's a lack of understanding of climate change and it's possible effects to American Samoa and so that is the reason why the increasing awareness is one of the primary objectives of the climate change summit."