The Oceania Regional Office for IUCN has joined hands with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) to help coordinate the first Pacific Climate Change Festival in Suva, Fiji during the week of 22 September.
The Film Festival is the third and final phase of the Pacific Climate Change Film Project, which was organised by SPREP and the British High Commission, Suva. The Pacific Climate Change Film Project commissioned short films made by participants in the project from Fiji, Kiribati, Tonga Vanuatu and Tuvalu. Independent filmmakers from Samoa and the Cook Islands also took part in this project and have submitted entries.
The first phase of the project involved bringing the participants together to learn about Climate change and related issues, as well as the technical aspects of documentary filmmaking. The second phase involved the production of a short film telling their story on climate change. The Pacific Climate Change Film Festival represents the third and final phase, where the hard work of the participants will be shared with a regional and international audience.
The stories on climate change in the Pacific, captured on film by Pacific islanders, will give a unique perspective to the Film Festival. Simply told, the affects of Climate Change are impacting upon the lives of those in the Pacific.
Regional Director for IUCN in Oceania, Taholo Kami, is pleased to be able to support the British High Commission Suva and SPREP to help bring these Pacific stories to light through the Festival.
“This is an opportunity for IUCN to further support the work of organisations in the region,” he said. “These partnerships add value to current work and help make the best use of limited resources in the region.”
The films will help raise understanding of climate change and global warming issues amongst Pacific island communities.
Says Tonga participant, Ofa ki Levuka Guttenbeil, “While our people know it is a serious issue, connecting the dots between the impacts of climate change and everyday living is still in its infancy in Tonga. Still, adaptation and mitigation measures are already being carried out by some of our communities, and these are the stories I want to share with the rest of the world.”
For more details on the Pacific Climate Change Film Festival and the Pacific Climate Change Film Project visit the Project Website.