13 Oct 2014

Pacific walking the talk on climate change

7:47 am on 13 October 2014

The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme says Pacific Islands are leading the way in action on climate change.

A seawall protecting a home from coastal erosion in Kiribati, climate change.

A seawall protecting a home from coastal erosion in Kiribati Photo: UNDP / Sheryl Ho

SPREP Director General, David Sheppard, says the recent Pacific Environment Forum held in the Marshall Islands saw 26 Pacific Island Countries reaffirm their commitment to a united effort in the face of serious environmental challenges.

Mr Sheppard says it is encouraging to see that Pacific Island countries are themselves implementing what they are so desperately asking from the rest of the world.

"Such as Tokelau which is now 100 percent renewable energy, as well as countries like Kiribati, Cook Islands which are establishing very large , very significant marine protected areas which are quite considerable commitments if you like to the global community."

SPREP Director General, David Sheppard.