Klima-Tuvalu og Utviklingshuset inviterer til heldagsseminar om klimatilpasning på Utviklingshuset 7.11.11 kl. 10:00 – 15:30. Miljø- og Utviklingsminister Erik Solheim innleder paneldebatten.
I panelet sitter Einar Telnes, direktør i avdelingen for Klima, Milø og Naturressurser – Norad, Gitte Motzfeldt, klimarådgiver Utviklingsfondet…
In order to accommodate all these new migrants, many houses had to be built on the expense of fields and trees. Because of this uncontrolled urbanisation, Funafuti has lost all its pulaka pits and consequently its capacity to be self-sufficient.
When I flew over Funafuti, the capital island of Tuvalu, for the first time, I was surprised to see that through the leaves of the coconut trees there were rooftops occupying all the space of the island. Once on the ground, the impression is quite similar: many houses, buildings piggeries and – of course – people.
As countries struggle to even agree to negotiate (!), the sea-level rises at the same rhythm as the global emissions. In their paralysis – their inability to move – the world leaders are exposing more and more people to danger, depriving them of their livelihoods and their security.
The children use this coconut three on Funafala Islet of Funafuti atoll as a swing! Only about three families live permanently on Funafala, a 40 minutes boat trip from Fogafale, the main islet of Funafuti.
Going on a picnic is a very popular Tuvaluan time-killer. You can go with your friends, your family or your colleagues. Read how Tuvaluans can make their picnic totally wastefree and local at the same time!!
The Tuvaluan Government is asking for more water tanks in its National Adaptation Programme of Action (NAPA) in order to secure fresh water access for its citizens. « More water tanks, we need more water tanks », says many Tuvaluans when you ask them about their access to fresh water. But is this really what Tuvaluans need?
In 2007, the IPCC stated that if we want to keep the increase of the global temperature below 2°C, developed countries have to reduce their emissions between 25 and 40% by 2020 (relative to 1990 levels). However, the current voluntary commitments of the developed countries stand far from this range. The European Union is calling it the “ambition gap” and NGOs in the Climate Action Network call it the “gigatonne gap”. No matter what you call it – the gaps needs to be closed – and fast.
Elisabeth Rasmusson, secretary general of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) explains how the climate related natural events are affecting the global population, creating a new category of displaced persons. The NRC was one of the main organizers of the Nansen Conference (Oslo, 5th to 7th of June 2011).
Erik Solheim is the Norwegian Minister of Environment and Development. His ministry is one of the co-organisers of the Nansen conference. He explains the reasons of this involvements and his hopes related to the current climate negotiations in Bonn, Germany.