Fiji as the lead Pacific Nation is championing climate change initiatives to bring about increased ocean action and steer the heeded momentum to the Pacific Rim countries to help adapt, mitigate and build resilience of our oceans.
This was relayed by the Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum while participating in a virtual event on the Pacific Rim Ocean Climate Action Partnership (PROCAP) on how governments, ambition coalitions, and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) can elevate ocean-climate solutions.
The A-G offered Fiji’s sympathies to California Secretary for Natural Resources Wade Crowfoot for the wildfires that the state is facing and highlighted some of Fiji’s efforts towards ocean climate action in order to shape up a blue-green future.
“Fiji is pursuing big blue ideas through our Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to the Paris Agreement,” he said.“Our soon-to-be-launched National Ocean Policy aims for the 100 percent sustainable management of Fiji’s 1.2 million square kilometres of ocean – 30 percent of which will be designated as marine protected areas by 2030,” the A-G explained.
“We have committed to planting one million corals by 2021, placed a moratorium on deep sea-bed mining, stepping up fisheries enforcement to stop illegal fishing, restoring and protecting our mangrove forests and seagrass fields, shifting to low-carbon shipping, banned single-use plastic bags and we will soon ban Styrofoam.”
“This is why we fought so hard at COP25 –– the Blue COP –– to engrain the health of oceans as a key indicator assessing and shaping climate action under the UNFCCC,” he added.
The PROCAP was launched at COP 25 and the state of California, Panama, Peru, Mexico and Costa Rica are other nations who have formally signed up on this partnership.