THE Minister of Lands, Survey and Natural Resources is representing Tonga at the Regional Climate Change workshop for Pacific Parliaments in Gold Coast, Australia.
Lord Ma’afu is attending the three day event starting today August 8 until Wednesday August 10.
This is a follow up workshop from a meeting of Pacific Parliaments in Auckland, New Zealand last August.
In a letter from Assistant Director of Australia Parliament, Andrew Templeton stated that the Auckland meeting committed to staging a regional workshop on climate change.
Mr. Templeton stated it will provide an opportunity for parliamentarians to come together and discuss the role of Parliaments in relation to climate change problem.
Discussions will cover issues including climate change science, causes and impacts and the vulnerabilities of small island states to climate change and the role of Parliaments in relation to international climate change negotiations.
Participants will also discuss how parliamentarians can tackle the problem, finding means of adapting to climate change, climate mitigation as an opportunity to diversify the economy and create jobs and energy security.
The Honourable Minister left for the Australian workshop at the weekend.
The Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) in collaboration with the Parliaments of Australia and New Zealand and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) organised the event.