UK launches climate support for small islands

The UK Government will provide climate change support for the Commomwealth’s small islands. Prime Minister David Cameron launched a “multi-billion” pound package to help those regions preserve their marine environments […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

The UK Government will provide climate change support for the Commomwealth’s small islands.

Prime Minister David Cameron launched a “multi-billion” pound package to help those regions preserve their marine environments and economic developments.

The UK will invest in locating valuable marine resources, strengthening their capacity to manage their local fisheries, tackling pollution and developing coastal infrastructure.

The help also includes producing vital data to identify new investment and growth opportunities and preserving biodiversity in the regions.

The government will provide technical expertise to help identify ways for them to better access finance to invest in critical development and infrastructure projects.

Mr Cameron said: “We have a real opportunity to get the small island states that are so vulnerable to climate change on board for an ambitious global climate change deal in Paris.

“Britain is firmly committed to helping these countries deal with the effects of climate change and that’s why we’re announcing new support to help protect them from the risks of climate change and to make the most of their natural maritime advantages which are so vital to their economies.”

David Cameron and Prince Charles are in Paris where world leaders are looking for a deal to tackle climate change.