9th March 2018 Samoa Observer

Climate change continues to be a great threat to coastal ecosystems, livelihoods and infrastructure of coastal communities. 

In Moata’a village, the impacts of climate change are very real. 

Earlier this week, Conservation International and the Samoa Conservation Society in partnership with the Chiefs of Moata’a, the Small Grants Programme of the Global Environment Facility and the Office of the New Zealand High Commission to Samoa, hosted a site visit for the New Zealand Government Pacific Mission 2018. 

A statement from Conservation International said the visit was to highlight the direct impacts of climate change on villagers of Moata’a due to the vulnerability of a walkway that links the coastal side of their village to the inland side. 

Among the high-level N.Z. delegation was their Minister of Climate Change, James Shaw, who saw first-hand the impact of sea level rise to the walkway through the mangrove area. 

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