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Building climate resilience across the Pacific is imperative given the vulnerability of Small Island Developing States. Prime Minister and COP23 President echoed these sentiments at the opening of a side event in Bonn on the risk informing development. “That climate change adaptation is a development issue, not simply a scientific or environmental issue. And every development decision from now on has to be made with building climate resilience at its core.” Bainimarama noted while Fiji had put into practise climate resilience policies, it was still work in progress. “Transforming our economies to become more resilient to climate change and transforming the development agenda itself. And doing so across the full spectrum of our societies from governments to the smallest of our communities.” Other areas of climate resilience policies included ensuring any new development or capital project considers the climate risk before given the go ahead.

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