Fiji Launches National Adaptation Plan during COP 24 Side Event
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The Fijian Government launched its first NAP during the Katowice Climate Change Conference.

Frank Bainimarama, Prime Minister, Fiji, and COP 23 President, highlighted that the first Fijian NAP encompasses a holistic adaptation strategy with a vision to achieve a climate-resilient development pathway, which enables Fiji to anticipate, reduce, and manage environmental and climate risks caused by climate variability.

12 December 2018: The Fijian Government launched its first National Adaptation Plan (NAP) during the Katowice Climate Change Conference. The NAP sets out the country’s long-term ambitions for building resilience to climate change.

The document was launched with support from the NAP Global Network whose Secretariat is hosted by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD).

Fiji and the Marshall Islands are the first two countries in the world to commit to increase their NDCs.

At a COP 24 side event that was organized for the launch event, Frank Bainimarama, Prime Minister, Fiji, and President of the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the UNFCCC, highlighted that the first Fijian NAP encompasses a holistic adaptation strategy with a vision to achieve a climate-resilient development pathway, which enables Fiji to anticipate, reduce, and manage environmental and climate risks caused by climate variability. He also noted that Fiji and the Marshall Islands are the first two countries in the world to commit to increase their nationally determined contributions (NDCs).

Anne Hammill, IISD and NAP Global Network, discussed the importance of the NAP processes as the foundation for transformation, addressing the urgency of acting upon adaptation through driving coordination and scaling up actions.

The NAP was originally received by the UNFCCC Secretariat on 28 June 2018. It outlines a framework that was created as a result of a national-level consultation workshop, to guide the country’s efforts to develop its NAP on an ongoing basis to comprehensively address climate change. [NAP Global Network Press Release] [IISD RS Summary of Launch][SDG Knowledge Hub story on Delivery of NAP to the UNFCCC Secretariat]


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