Maelanga urges government to do more on climate change

The Leader of Opposition Manasseh Maelanga.

The Leader of Opposition Hon Manasseh Maelanga has urged the government to step up its efforts on tackling climate change by revisiting and revitalising the Solomon Islands National Climate Change Policy: 2012 – 2017.

The policy document places Solomon Islands amongst Least Developed Countries that are most vulnerable to the predicted impacts of climate change.

Hon Maelanga said “Climate Change brings immense challenges for Solomon Islands due to its direct impacts on the country’s economic growth and development prospects so we need a robust longer-term innovative plan of response. We cannot afford to wait”.

The Opposition Leader added that “the recent flooding that destroyed food gardens, homes, and the newly completed Tinahulu Bridge on Guadalcanal Plains was a total disaster. It clearly demonstrates the government’s ignorance in planning for disaster risks and climate-proof infrastructure; it’s a matter of serious concern”.

He said the latest issue of the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB’s) Pacific Economic Monitor launched yesterday rightly underscores the need for countries in the Pacific including Solomon Islands to step up their efforts to adapt to more extreme weather conditions and mitigate disaster risk to improve the region’s economic growth and development prospects.

The Opposition Leader said it is important that the government take heed of what is stated in the report and immediately review the Solomon Islands National Climate Change Policy: 2012 – 2017 as a top SIDCCG priority.

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