The heads and representatives of governments attending the Pacific Islands Forum in Tuvalu have made a call for measures to provide compensation for Pacific island countries that have lost tuna stocks due to climate change.
"We are deeply concerned about the implications of climate change on tuna stocks in our region which are resulting in the loss of revenue and threatening food security.
"We urgently called for more case studies, research and modeling to inform decision-making processes, especially in relation to a resource which provides revenues for Pacific economies; and call for measures to provide compensation for Pacific island countries that have lost tuna stocks due to climate change.
"We firmly believe that we should maximize the value of our tuna resources and urgently call for capacity building programs, to allow us to manage our tuna resources more effectively."
The call was made in a declaration at the Climate Change Sautalaga in Funafuti. Climate change was top of the agenda at this year's forum.
The Tuvalu Declaration on Climate Change for the survival of Pacific Small Island Developing States highlights steps that needs to be taken regionally and globally to address the impacts of climate change.
Pacific Island Countries also called onto the next Conference of Parties for the United Nations Framework on Climate Change in Chile (COP25) to establish a work program on oceans.
"We firmly believe that climate change represents the single greatest threat to the security of Pacific Island countries.
We therefore, call on climate change funders to dramatically scale up finance to support the efforts of Pacific island countries to protect themselves from the impacts of climate change."