16 Feb 2015

Nauru prioritises water storage and security

11:53 am on 16 February 2015

Improving water storage and security have been pinpointed as urgent in Nauru's plan for adapting to climate change.

The country's Framework for Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction, launched last month, is a collaborative effort with various regional organisations including the Secretariat of the Pacific Community.

The SPC's climate change advisor, Sanivalati Tubuna, says Nauru, like other low-lying Pacific countries with limited resources, is struggling to cope with the effects of climate change.

" It is the hope of the Pacific Islands that a binding agreement on reducing green house gas emissions will be reached in december this year in Paris at the conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. At the same time we have to work on planning and implementing measures that will help us adapt to climate change now and in the long term."

Nauru's framework aims to increase the resilience of its food production and water security, infrastructure and emergency services.

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Nauru is struggling to cope with the effects of climate change according to the Secretariat of the Pacific Community Photo: RNZ