7 Sep 2016

Not enough help for Pacific climate effects - OXFAM

10:27 am on 7 September 2016

Oxfam says New Zealand is not doing enough to help Pacific countries cope with the effects of climate change.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited Tebikenikora to discuss local people’s concerns about the effects of climate change on their low-lying land. 05 September 2011

Kiribati could be completely submerged within decades if sea level rise continues at the current rate. Photo: UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

In recent years much of New Zealand's aid has gone into building solar energy plants around the Pacific to help cut the costs of diesel and reduce greenhouse gases.

Oxfam New Zealand is appealing for a re-think ahead of this week's Pacific Islands Forum summit in Pohnpei.

Its executive director, Rachael Le Mesurier, said Pacific countries are grateful for the solar power but she says not enough has been done to help communities adjust to the fact that climate change is affecting them right now.

"So sea level rises, the increased cyclone force actually, so it is about adaptation. It's about the ability to be able to help the Pacific populations and communities to form their own responses to adapt to climate change, which is here right now."