24 Jun 2010

Micronesia talks told of climate change challenge

12:49 pm on 24 June 2010

The President of the Marshall Islands has told a summit of Micronesian chief executives that climate change and rising sea levels pose a real danger, especially to small island territories in Micronesia.

Speaking at the Micronesian Chief Executives Summit, which opened in Saipan yesterday, Jurelang Zedkaia said the environment and climate change in particular remain top of the list of challenges facing the world.

It was the first time Mr Zedkaia has attended the summit which brings together presidents and governors of nine Micronesian countries and territories.

The Governor of Guam, Felix Camacho, has also spoken at the summit, saying the military buildup in Guam and the Northern Marianas promises economic prosperity.

But he says it also poses a lot of challenges because of the lack of infrastructure to sustain a surge in population and harm to the environment.