Climate change tops Minister’s agenda

By Vatapuia Maiava ,

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Fiame Naomi Mata’afa: “i am about to embark on this journey.”

Fiame Naomi Mata’afa: “i am about to embark on this journey.”

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (M.N.R.E) welcomed their new Minister, Fiame Naomi Mata’afa, yesterday. 

Fiame, who is also the Deputy Prime Minister, was welcomed during a church service and a welcoming ava ceremony at the T.A.T.T.E Building.

Present at the ceremony was Suluimalo Amataga Penaia, C.E.O of M.N.R.E; Patea Setefano the C.E.O for S.T.E.C; Salā Josephine Stowers A.C.E.O for legal services; Filisita  Ikenasio Heather the A.C.E.O for Land and Survey; along with M.N.R.E staff.

 “M.N.R.E is a big ministry; there are many divisions with many rules and regulations. It’s an ongoing way of governing and from here we have to see if there will be any changes to M.N.R.E’s priorities,” said Fiame.

“This ministry also focuses on the ongoing issue which is climate change and it’s an important issue not only in the Pacific but everywhere around the world.”

Looking after the environment for our future generations is on top of the new Minister’s priority list.

“I know and I believe that as an environmental ministry we need to place a lot of focus into the management of both our land and environment,” Fiame said.

“This way we can continue maintaining our natural resources for our future generations.”

According to Fiame the ministry will continue to look into ways to reduce the impact of climate change which affects the whole world.

 “I can’t really say much because I am about to embark on this journey but all I know is that the main priorities is climate change and ways we can eliminate it through ministry projects.”

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