Small islands take the stage in Cancun

09 December 2010 | News story

Working with six Pacific Island Governments, IUCN's Energy Programme has been implementing the project "Managing the Ecosystem and Livelihood Implications of Energy Policies in the Pacific Island States". Today in Cancun at the UN Climate Talks, the Italian government which co-finances the project brought together representatives of these six Pacific nations.  

The project aims to accelerate the transition to energy systems that are ecologically efficient, sustainable and socially equitable. In partnership with the governments of Italy and Austria, low carbon approaches have been demonstrated in renewable energy projects in Vanuatu, Tonga, Tuvalu and Samoa and energy efficiency projects in Palau and the Republic of the Marshall Islands.

The Honourable Faumuina Tiatia Liuga, Samoa's Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, explained just what challenges people were facing in Samoa and how this IUCN-led project is helping solve those problems.

The overall goal of these projects is to reduce the impacts of climate change on small island countries. The results show that on the ground innovative answers are being found for energy within the Pacific.