9 Sep 2013

Pacific countries need better infrastructure for climate change adaptation: UK

7:54 am on 9 September 2013

The British Minister of State says that Pacific island countries need to develop the infrastructure to manage financing for climate change adaptation.

Hugo Swire attended the Post Forum Dialogue following last week's Pacific Islands Forum Summit in Majuro.

He welcomed the Majuro Declaration adopted by Pacific leaders which spelled out commitments for action on climate change which is identified as one of the greatest threats to the region.

Mr Swire says Britain has taken the point.

"We think the most pressing need for this part of the world is actually climate change - that's why we are providing access to finance and access to know-how. But we also believe actually that we can't do it all frmo the West. Countries from the region have to have the infrastructure and have the ability to deliver themselves."

Hugo Swire says Britain is providing around 6 billion US dollars through its International Climate Fund between 2011 and 2016 to help developing countries adapt to the impacts of climate change.