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Thursday, March 29, 2007

Regional climate change workshop for least developed countries underway in Honiara

The United Nation Framework Convention on Climate Change, UNFCCC, 11th meeting of the Least Developed Countries (LDC) Expert Group and training workshop on National Adaptation Programme of Action is now underway in Honiara.

Director of the Solomon Islands Meteorological Services, Chanel Iroi, says the workshop is to train climate experts of the Least Developed Countries or LDC.

"This workshop is for the teams involved in their preparation work and implementation of the National Adaptation Program of Action and also for participants who come from Tuvalu and Vanuatu who are also involved in the program of action. These countries are also in the LDC Group."

Mr Iroi says NAPA is a framework designed to assist LDC's which are vulnerable to the effects of climate change and how they can adapt to this phenomena.

One of the likely effects of climate change which poses greater threat to low laying atolls in the pacific including Solomon Islands is the sea-level rise.

Other guests who addressed the opening ceremony yesterday morning includes Philip Witch of the UNFCCC Secretariat and Bubu Jalo of Gambia.

Mr Jalo is Vice-chairman of the LDC's Expert Group and Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Forestry and Environment of Gambia.

The Minister of Communications, Aviation and Meteorology, Patrick Vahoe opened the workshop in Honiara yesterday morning.

Source: SIBC

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