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Building island resilience to climate change -- and more December 06,2018   |  Source: Scoop Media

From a Green – Blue Economy perspective, when we speak of resilience, we do not simply imply resilience to climate change although this is an important factor, particularly in the Pacific. When we speak of resilience, we speak of Island or community resilience because a community, when resilient, can better absorb or deal, with a disaster or crisis of any sort, whether climate induced or not, whether natural or man-made. This was part of the message that was disseminated by the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) Secretary General, François Martel during a side event held on building national, regional and international partnerships on island resilience held at the Pacific and Koronivia pavilion at COP24.

“Our focus should be to empower communities and individuals to be able to take care of themselves, their families and those members in their communities who need support in times of crisis and one empowers people through education, health, better communication and energy services, better income, water and food security, keeping safer and cleaner environments,” said PIDF Secretary General at the side event.

“These are development goals. Hence the close link between sustainable development that goes beyond the single SDG 13 and resilience therefore brings

 

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