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PIANGO Newsletter # 2 - December 2011

PIANGO Regional Communications and Advocacy Workshop on Climate Change

Representatives of six Pacific Island Countries and members of PIANGO’s National Liaison Units from Fiji, the Cook Islands, Kiribati, Samoa, Tonga and Tuvalu participated in a Regional Climate Change Advocacy and Communications Workshop in Nadi, Fiji Islands, from 14-16 December, 2011.

The purpose of the Workshop was to contextualise the global situation on climate change and the ensuing challenges and issues as a result of development. It also focused on sharing Pacific stories, challenges and actions in the area of climate change with a view to consolidating activities and actions and identified the Pacific’s religious and spiritual foundations and contexts in terms of climate change actions. The workshop also discussed advocacy and communications tools and strategies to advocate the issue of climate change at media, local and policy levels and developed a framework for a toolkit on climate change advocacy and actions. The toolkit will be adapted, translated and used at community and local levels in the Pacific Islands.

Participating Pacific countries identified the following as being critical elements of the region’s approach to climate change advocacy and actions:

• The need to consider Creation/Spirituality/ Stewardship aspects in the context of human
responsibility for planet Earth and the interconnectedness of Pacific people with God.
• Rethinking of the present development paradigm.
• Building community resilience to ensure effective participation and informed decision-making.
• Respect for the role and services of nature.
• Viewing the Pacific Islands as a global good in terms of strengthening capacity needs and adopting a “vulnerability to values” ideology.
• Adopting a human rights-based approach to climate justice actions.

The major outcome of the workshop was the development of a framework for a Tool Kit on Building Resilient Communities. The toolkit will aim to adopt a bottom-up approach to climate
change actions, targeting action from the local to policy level.

“The coconut has fallen”, emphasised PIANGO’s Fiji Board Member, Mrs Lorine Tevi at the end of the Regional Communications and Advocacy Workshop on Climate Change.


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