Marshall Islands makes a strong call at UN Climate talks

Interview with Hon. Tony A. deBrum, Minister in Assistance to the President of the Marshall Islands

The tuna supply of the Marshall Islands is threatened by the impacts of climate change.

The Islands is part of the Nauru Group consisting of eight countries that supplies 52 percent of raw tuna to the world market.

Marshall Islands Minister in Assistance to the President, Tony deBrum says the rich marine ecosystem of the Marshall Islands is bleaching and degrading, thus not reflecting a positive future for the thriving industry.

According to the Minister in assistance to the President, the Marshall Islands is only two meters above the sea level and is in the world's top five list of most vulnerable areas to climate change.

Just like other Pacific Island Countries, the Islands is also hoping that Industrialised nations commit to a five-year second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol.

With the Marshall Islands earmarked to host the 44th Pacific Islands Forum next year, deBrum is optimistic that the issues of climate change would be one of the leading agendas of the Pacific leaders.

To take the first step itself in mitigating the impacts of climate change, the Marshall Islands will have all its houses and buildings powered by the solar energy by the end of next year.

The Islands is also venturing into ocean thermal energy conversion projects.


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