20 Jul 2013

Fiji says it is willing and able to help other Pacific nations with climate risks

9:29 am on 20 July 2013

Fiji's attorney general says Fiji is always willing to help other Pacific nations where it can to alleviate climate change and disaster risks.

Kiribati purchased 6000 acres of freehold land in Vanua Levu last year to guarantee arable land for farming, as rising tides threaten food security.

Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum says Fiji has helped Kiribati in the past with the Banaban Islanders being gifted Fiji's Rabi island from 1945 after British phosphate mining stripped 90 per cent of their land.

He says current threats do not involve moving entire countries, but Fiji can still help.

"Whether it's food security, whether it's in terms of how they deal with natural disasters themselves and the actual impacts of climate change, it is a complex area and Fiji has always been ready and willing to help."

Fiji's attorney general, Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum.