The Pacific Possible: Climate change and Disaster Resilience report highlights the costs of making Pacific coastlines more resilient to climate change, which vary between one and thirteen percent of GDP across all Pacific Island countries, with higher costs in atoll island states such as Kiribati and Marshall Islands.
Over three episodes, WWF-Australia's Conservation Director Dr Gilly Llewellyn speaks with business, government and community experts to explore how climate change impacts are threatening Southeast Asia and the Pacific region. Importantly, the podcasts examine what role Australia can play in building resilience, ensuring economic stability and creating sustainable growth opportunities in the region.
The results of the study indicate that climate change will likely have significant negative impacts on agricultural output in Fiji, Papua New Guinea, and Solomon Islands. Even relatively positive projections suggest that the fishery sector of the three study countries cannot be relied upon to counterbalance the food security challenges brought about losses in agricultural output.
Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Takehiko Nakao today met with Fiji Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama. On his first official visit to Fiji, Mr. Nakao also called on Attorney General and Finance Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and Foreign Affairs Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola. Discussions focused on ways ADB can further enhance its support for Fiji to meet its development priorities.
Over the past decade, ADB’s portfolio of renewable energy investments in the Pacific has been increasing steadily, driven largely by the spike in oil from below $40 per barrel in mid-2004 to above $140 in July 2008.