The Australian government will help South Pacific states gain a better foothold in the fight against climate change by providing the first allocation of USD1.8 million from a larger aid fund. According to Australian parliamentary secretary for development assistance Bob McMullan, the money will be disbursed through AusAID among Samoa, Vanuatu, Tonga, Fiji, and the Solomon Islands. “This has enabled a lot of good small village-based projects to start,” McMullan enthused. “It’s an example we can actually show to the whole of the Pacific about how local people can take control of their situation and restore reefs and restore fishing.” Australia already pledged a total of USD150 million to assist the South Pacific adjust accordingly to the effects of climate change.
Source: Govt gives Pacific AUD2m to fight climate change (ABC News)