Fiji has embarked on positive initiatives by championing the way forward for collaborations to reduce greenhouse gas from ships.
This was highlighted by the Minister for Transport Jone Usamate at the welcoming ceremony of the Secretary-General for the International Maritime Organization Kitack Lim at the Fiji Maritime Academy in Suva yesterday.
Usamate says the Government has introduced a number of national policies and strategies to address the issue of greenhouse gas.
He adds Fiji’s Presidency of the COP23 has also been significant for the Pacific in driving the plans for a low carbon maritime transport sector.
The Minister says similar strategies has been taken by the IMO in the adoption of its greenhouse gas emissions from ships and setting out a vision to phase out emissions from shipping in this century.
Secretary-General for the IMO Kitack Lim says the main threat to the Pacific is climate change.
Lim adds that after high level collaborations, the IMO adopted a first comprehensive and initial strategy on how to tackle climate change issues, which began in April last year.
Now they’re working on what kind of action plan should be taken on the initial strategies.