MSG Framework for Action on Environment, Climate Change & Sustainable Development 2025

Framework-for-Action

About the Region

The Melanesian sub region is recognized as richly endowed in natural resources and cultural diversity and has the largest total land mass amongst the Pacific Island countries. It comprises the Republic of Fiji, The Independent State of Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, The Republic of Vanuatu and Front de Liberation Nationale Kanaket Socialiste (referred to as FLNKS”) of New Caledonia.

 

Foreword

Climate change is happening now, with new weather patterns and sea level rise already being  experienced.  As  these changes continue, the effects are expected to worsen and across the region we will   experience higher temperatures, increased storm activity, more  frequent  flooding  or  droughts, along with changing fire regimes and threats to food security from the impacts on coral reef ecosystems  and  agricultural  practices  and crop yields. The risk of vector borne diseases is increasing in hitherto protected montane communities. Climate change impacts add to the pressures being experienced by already stressed  communities,  with implications for the region in terms of both   voluntary and forced displacements and migrations. 

The world community shares a common responsibility to act with great speed and decisiveness in tackling the root causes of these   changes-   greenhouse   gas emissions from burning fossil fuel and deforestation and forest degradation - along the with imperative to  identify  climate-related  hazards and risks and ensure the necessary adaptation options are  integrated into  policy  and decision making in all sectors and levels of governance. The onus is on government and the community in Melanesia to take action, for its own sake, its Pacific brothers and sisters and the world community at large.

To maintain our natural assets and improve the  competitive  advantage  of Melanesian countries, it is important to attract businesses and activities to the region that can help build low emission, renewable energy capabilities, design and  construct resilient  infrastructureand  human  settlements, and enhance our knowledge capital to ensure we protect our environment  such  as  the  sea  and landscapes and  their  rich  biodiversity  and ecosystems that sustain life and thus society’s well-being now and into the future...

 

The threats of man-made environmental degradation, over-exploitation and depletion of  natural resources and  the impacts of climate change are very real and   if not addressed adequately the natural resources will be lost forever in a very short period of time.
 
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