Seruiratu: Climate projections ‘grim’

Minister for Rural and Maritime Development and Disaster Management Inia Seruiratu with some of the Fijian delegation at the Asia Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (APMCDRR) in Brisbane, Australia last month.Picture: SUPPLIED

CLIMATE projections for the region paint a grim picture with all climate change scenarios showing that Asia and the Pacific would be most impacted, says Minister for Rural and Maritime Development and Disaster Management Inia Seruiratu.

Speaking during the Pacific reception at the Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (APMCDRR) in Brisbane, Australia last month, he reminded disaster risk reduction (DRR) ministers from the Asia-Pacific region of their responsibility in building community resilience.

He said climate projections for Asia and the Pacific showed that it would be most impacted by heavy precipitation, followed by agricultural drought, hot temperatures/heat waves, and warming winds with intensifying tropical cyclones.

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