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Pacific Ocean – Pacific Climate Conference to bring together Pacific voices on climate change.

The Pacific region, despite being the smallest contributors of greenhouse gas emissions, remains the most vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change.

The Pacific Ocean, a main source of livelihood for some Pacific islanders, is fast becoming the source of great danger with the rapidly rising sea level caused by climate change.

The Pacific Ocean – Pacific Climate Conference 2018 will be a gathering of Pacific climate change experts, scholars and stakeholders to discuss the way forward for the Pacific in dealing with these issues.

The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has partnered with the Victoria University of Wellington (VUW) to co-host the Pacific Ocean - Pacific Climate Change Conference, to be held in Wellington, New Zealand from the 21 – 23 February 2018.
This year's conference follows the success of the first Pacific Climate Change conference in 2016, which attracted approximately 240 people, including representatives from 14 Pacific island nations.

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Like the first conference, Pacific Ocean – Pacific Climate will bring together a range of voices on climate change from all over the Pacific, with the Prime Minister of Samoa, Hon. Tuila'epa Dr Sa'ilele Malielegaoi to be the opening keynote speaker.

An important part of the Conference will be a session devoted to mitigation action under the Paris Agreement on climate change. Representatives of nations across the Pacific will be asked to report on steps being taken at the national level to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to slow the rate of climate change.

SPREP's Director General, Mr Kosi Latu says, "We are proud to be partnering with VUW to bring about this important conference on climate change. Climate change is one of the biggest threats to Pacific lives and therefore it is imperative that we come together as a region and make a collective effort to address this issue."

The Conference will bring together experts from a wide range of sectors including the arts, science, communities, Pacific communities, business sector, NGOs and more to provide a rich exchange of diverse ideas on how to tackle the biggest problem facing the Pacific today.
A handful of SPREP presentations will take place throughout the three days of the conference.

Mr Espen Ronneberg, SPREP's Climate Change Adviser will be presenting on Climate change finance challenges in the Pacific, Mr Kosi Latu, Director General, on Perspectives on oceanic change and threats across the Pacific and Mr Herman Timmermans, Pacific Ecosystem-based Adaptation to Climate Change (PEBACC) project manager, on ecosystem-based adaptation planning on the garden island of Taveuni, Fiji.

Mr David Loubser, PEBACC Project Vanuatu Country Manager, will be presenting on the multiple roles of Blue Carbon management in assisting Pacific countries address their Nationally Determined Contributions, while the role of the Pacific media in the Voice of the Pacific at FCCC will be covered by Nanette Woonton, SPREP's Acting Communications and Outreach Adviser.

The full programme for the conference can be accessed at http://www.confer.co.nz/pcc2018/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/PCC-Programme-as-at-1-Feb-1.pdf.

To learn more about the Pacific Ocean – Pacific Climate conference, please visit www.confer.co.nz/pcc2018.

For more information please contact Ms Nanette Woonton of SPREP at nanettew@sprep.org.
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