Vanuatu submits crucial report to UNFCCC: What this means for a recently graduated Least Developed Country
In Pacific Small Island Developing States such as Fiji, food security in terms of accessibility and affordability to food is a key challenge. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in Fiji in early 2020, the UNDP Accelerator Lab Pacific had employed community immersion with individuals and households living in rural areas of Fiji, and undertaken system mapping sessions with partners and experts to understand the impacts of COVID-19 on food security.
While we celebrate World Oceans Day and reminded of humanity’s shared resource that is the ocean and the personal connection that we have with the sea, we are also reminded that the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has stretched beyond the terrestrial realms, but into our waters as well. Last year, the COVID-19 crisis caused a collapse of the tourism industry, a whopping 84 percent decline in visitor arrivals in Fiji and a decrease in fisheries resulting in a 5.8 percent contraction in Pacific Small Island States (SIDS) Gross Domestic Product.
The COVID-19 pandemic has taught people across varying fields many lessons. Access to up-to-date and reliable scientific data helps policy makers make informed decisions, especially in times of crisis. When a country can collect, analyze, and present climate data, they can assess its individual circumstance, its needs, and priorities, as well as the progress (or lack of progress) they have made on addressing climate change. Therefore, having solid climate data allows countries to make tailored, effective, and realistic climate policies, action plans, and assess the supported needed.
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