2 Nov 2009

Pacific climate change meeting divided on how to tackle the effects of rising sea levels

5:57 am on 2 November 2009

A Pacific Islands meeting on climate change has ended without a cohesive position on tackling the effects of rising sea levels.

Professor Patrick Nunn, who chaired the meeting, says some Pacific Island countries argue if mitigation of gas emissions is carried out effectively there will be no need to adapt to climate warming.

He says this is an untenable view as climate change is already having an impact.

"There is mounting concern from the Pacific Island countries at the pace of climate change in the Pacific. That said, there was not any discussion of a coherent regional position at that meeting that the Pacific Islands should take with regard either to adaptation or to mitigation."

Patrick Nunn says plans should be made now to relocate people living in vulnerable areas and not in twenty years time when it's too late.