A group of academics and specialists are in the country to present their views on various issues concerning maritime security and climate change over the next two days.
Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Disaster Management and Meteorological Services Jone Usamate says he believes that their professional insight on regional oceans governance, climate change and maritime security will enhance and improve our knowledge as operators and protectors of the sea.
Speaking at the opening of the 2019 South West Pacific Heads of Maritime Forces Meeting, Usamate says that climate change and its effects poses a formidable challenge to life in the pacific but the region must work together to minimize its impacts.
Major climate related concerns in the Pacific include access to fresh water, local food supply as a result of damage to coral reef and agriculture, damage to infrastructure through sea level rise and economic loss from frequent natural disasters.
Usamate also stressed the importance of enhancing regional partnership and capacity building which is critical for maximum operational effect.