18 Mar 2011

Pacific climate experts link disaster preparedness and climate change adaptation

2:31 pm on 18 March 2011

The head of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme, SPREP, says adapting to climate change also puts countries in a better position to deal with natural disasters.

David Sheppard says during this week's Roundtable on Climate Change in Niue they've heard of Tonga's development of an integrated disaster management and climate adaptation strategy.

He says Niue has outlined its move to greater use of solar power while practical steps are also being taken in other parts of the region.

"The Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change Project runs through SPREP supporting countries such as the Marshall Islands to better capture fresh water, helping the Solomon Islands to develop salt resistant agricultural crops, such as taro, and helping countries like Samoa develop better coastal management processes."

That is the executive director of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme, David Sheppard.