Fiji’s Climate Change Champion to Visit Australia

Minister for Rural and Maritime Development, Agriculture and National Disaster Management, Inia Seruiratu (fourth from the right), participating in the Post-COP22 Meeting with Non-State Actors in Morocco earlier this year. Photo: DEPTFO.

The Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management and Fiji’s COP 23 High-Level Climate Champion, Hon. Inia Seruiratu will be visiting Australia from June 19-24, 2017 to discuss agriculture, disaster and climate change related issues with his Australian counterparts.

Minister Seruiratu will commence his visit with a roundtable meeting in Canberra to discuss issues on agriculture.  In this meeting, he will meet officials from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR), Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) and Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and the Australian National University. Following discussions on disaster management, Minister Seruiratu will tour the DFAT Crisis Centre, Attorney-General’s Department, Emergency Management Australia, Geoscience Australia and the Bureau of Meteorology.

Minister Seruiratu will also meet with Australian Member of Parliament (MP), Hon. Keith Pitt, Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment and Senator for South Australia, the Hon. Anne Ruston, Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources at the Parliament House in Canberra.

On Thursday June 22, Minister Seruiratu will be visiting the Bundaberg Research Farm to witness the use of techniques to improve resilience of fruit trees to natural disasters and will be in Brisbane on Friday, June 23 to meet with Lynne Turner, General Manager, Strategic Policy and Planning at the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (Queensland) and the Hon. Bill Byrne MP, Queensland Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Economic Development.

While in Brisbane, the Agriculture Minister will visit the University of Queensland to meet with the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences. The visit includes a tour to the Queensland Disaster Response Centre.

Minister Seruiratu has also acknowledged the Australian Government for facilitating the visit. The visit is an opportunity to create awareness and pursue support for mitigation and adaptive actions in response to climate change.