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Climate and the Pacific: Response, Recovery and Resilience

Season 1, Ep. 15

Pacific nations are connected by the threat of climate change, all experiencing acute national disasters which are part of a prolonged, ongoing crisis, and facing growing threats to their infrastructure, ecosystems, and communities.

This episode brings together a panel from across New Zealand and the Pacific to share best practices and innovations in climate adaption and disaster risk recovery. They discuss the importance of facilitating long term climate resilience in the region, and emphasise the role and visibility of young people in the climate crisis.

The conversation, facilitated by Save the Children's Communications Director Amie Richardson, features insights from:

  • Kim Koch - Save the Children Pacific Director 
  • Emeline Siale Ilolahia - Executive Director, Pacific Islands Association of Non-Governmental Organizations (PIANGO)
  • Nina Tu'i - Head of Programmes, Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand
  • Camille - Save the Children New Zealand Generation Hope Ambassador

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