This National Climate Change Policy provides guidelines for sectors to ensure that current and expected impacts of climate change are considered in their planning and implementation programmes. In addition, relevant sectors are encouraged to take up climate change mitigation initiatives as part of Fiji’s contribution to global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Current administrative and institutional frameworks relating to climate change activities are operating separately and need to be more effectively coordinated. The absence of a climate change policy has made attempts at coordination slow to establish, which constrained Fiji’s efforts to address climate change systematically at the national level. This policy sets a platform for dialogue and collaboration among government agencies and stakeholders through organised planning and implementation of national and local climate change programmes. The policy will also support Fiji meeting its international commitments to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and other conventions such as the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).
The policy defines objectives and accompanying strategies to facilitate the mainstreaming of climate change issues into relevant sectors and to support the provision of necessary technical and financial resources to this end.