BY MAVIS NISHIMURA PODOKOLO
SOLOMON Islands is one of the listed priority countries to benefit from Japanâs 1.3trillion Yen initiative towards the Pacific climate change programme.
The Government of Japan has allocated 1.3 trillion yen towards its climate change programmes in the Pacific region.
The fund will cover Japanâs climate-related support in areas of establishing geothermal power generation, urban railroads, disaster prevention infrastructure, water supply promotion of establishment of early warning systems, intercity collaboration and human resources development and other areas of Japanâs expertise.
Solomon Islands will be one of the beneficiaries of this fund when the new climate change programme commences in 2020.
Director of Japanâs Climate Change Division Mr Tomoaki Ishigaki made the announcement official when briefing delegates who attend the PALM8 meeting on Japanâs Climate Change Initiative.
He said Solomon Islands will be one of the âtop priorityâ under the new fund because Solomon Islands is rated atop in the disaster risk index.
Ishigaki adds that the decision was made because Solomon Islands has a potentially higher fragility due to climate change, susceptible to natural disasters and considerable economic and demographic.
âWe want to help Solomon Islands because Solomon Islands was among the top ten countries in the Pacific that features in the world risk assessment reports and was ranked the sixth in the world risk index with19.14 percent,â he said.
Ishigaki told the official that Japan has already financed a project of multi-hazard and risk assessment and early system and a climate change centre.
He adds that other Pacific Island countries also get a fair share of the new project.
âWe did this because climate change is a global issue which cannot be solved by our self. We stand to support the Pacific Islands countries to compensate the benefits we have through raw materials that are imported from Pacific Islands countries,â Ishigaki said.