A workshop underway in Port Vila aims to develop the vision, mission and objectives to guide the new Department of Climate Change.
Organised by the Department of Climate Change, the three-day workshop which ends tomorrow (Friday) brought stakeholders in both government and private sector together to discuss what the department exist to achieve and how it will fulfill its purpose.
It is the first time that the Department of Climate Change is facilitating a workshop, following the appointment of its new director.
Director Mike Sam Waiwai said the workshop will set the foundation for the young department.
The establishment of a separate Department of Climate Change under the Ministry of Climate Change was approved by the Council of Ministers (COM).
”The government recognizes that climate change is the most complex and urgent issue affecting us today,” Director Waiwai said.
”Vanuatu like any other small developing countries contribute less to global warming but is suffering enormously.
”Climate change is putting Ni-vans and their livelihoods at risk.
”The new department will serve the needs of communities affected by climate change.
”It will also support the government to achieve its national and international climate change commitments.”
Director Waiwai said one of the first activity the department plans to do is educate people, mostly in the rural areas about climate change. He believes they lack knowledge on the issue.
According to Director Waiwai, the new Department of Climate Change staff are individuals who specialise in climate change issues.