His Royal Highness, Prince Charles of Wales has congratulated Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama for being a vocal and strong advocate of climate change.
While meeting the Prime Minister at his residence in Clarence House yesterday, the Prince of Wales said he appreciate Bainimarama’s leadership roles in most of the climate conferences particularly, the COP 23 in Bonn, Germany.
Prince Charles said at the bilateral meeting that the devastation caused by climate change was a serious matter that needed immediate actions and not prolonged discussions.
He said the importance of decarbonization, the use of the three Rs (reduce, reuse and recycle), sustainable management practices and forestation, among other initiatives were paramount in the fight against climate change.
With the availability of modern technologies to combat climate change, he highlighted the need for nations to capitalise on such equipment for the purpose of decarbonisation.
The Prince of Wales further centered his discussions on the importance of a circular economy with more emphasis on the use of natural resources.
He also encouraged the Fijian people to ensure sustainable forest development practices and to maintain its equilibrium.
Prince Charles, at the same time, emphasised about the need for Fiji to learn more from the European Forest Institute as it is an organisation that conducts research and provides policy support on forest-related issues.
On the same note, he acknowledged PM Bainimarama and Fiji’s support towards the Commonwealth Heads of Government meetings (CHOGM) and encouraged Fiji to be part of next year’s CHOGM in Rwanda.
In response, PM Bainimarama conveyed the country’s well-wishes to the Royal family on the recent birth of the first born of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex; Master Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.
Highlighting the visit by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to Fiji in October, last year, PM Bainimarama said that it was indeed a momentous honour for all Fijians because it allowed Fijians to share their aspirations and underline Fiji’s developmental challenges, including the realities of the impacts of climate change that greatly affected the Pacific.
At the meeting, PM Bainimarama also briefed Prince Charles about Queen Elizabeth’s canopy project at Colo-i-Suva.
He said Fiji’s commitment towards mitigating the impacts of climate change, strengthening nature-based solutions and building our overall resilience is what makes us proud custodians of the Queen’s canopy project.
The project is symbolic of its underlying purpose in promoting the fulfillment of the Paris Agreement and our SDG commitments.
The Head of Government also briefed Prince Charles on Fiji’s nation-wide project of planting four million trees in four years, a commitment towards the conservation of our environment.