Putting young people at the heart of climate change policies and programmes
17 October 2013
The EcoCentre, Nathan campus
- Summary - Melanesian countries are often reported as being highly vulnerable to ‘shocks’ or sudden events that affect well-being. Aside from their exposure to cyclones and other environmental shocks, they experience economic shocks including substantial increases in food and fuel prices and influences of the recent global economic crisis. Subsistence farming that has traditionally characterized Melanesian lifestyle is increasingly threatened as more Melanesians are becoming vulnerable to poverty. Households face an increasing need for cash, a lack of access to basic services and fewer income earning opportunities.
In Vanuatu, the government faces a big challenge in dealing with poverty in its many facets and the risk placed by its vulnerability to its geographical location, economies of scale and the emerging threat posed by climate change on the livelihoods of its people. 75% of Vanuatu’s population live in the rural areas and rely on subsistence farming, and over 65% of the rural population consists of youth. The latest statistics show that young people under 30 years will be most affected by all these challenges. This is significant as young people make up 68% of the total population of Vanuatu.
Faced with these challenges, the government has embarked on an ambitious strategy to integrate Climate Change Adaptation strategies with Disaster Risk Reduction strategies. It has also drafted a Climate Change Policy placing young people at the heart of these processes. This talk will look at how the integration has been done as well as how this policy might be translated into practice in creating links to youth governance structures and training programmes.
- Panelist - Donovan Burton, Climate Change Planner, Climate Planning
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