India to help Pacific with climate change


India has helped launch a project with the UN to develop climate early warning systems in seven Pacific island countries.

High tides in Marshall Islands in March 2016 hit a seawall. Photo: RNZI/Giff Johnson

The newly established India-UN Development Partnership Fund aims to help island countries become more resilient to extreme weather and other climate change impacts.

The fund said since 1950 extreme weather events in the region had caused more than 9,800 deaths and affected 9.2 million people.

UNDP Pacific is to implement the project in Tonga, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands, the Cook Islands, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia.

The project involves the provision of technical equipment and training of hydrologists and meteorologists.

India is the world’s fourth largest emitter of carbon dioxide after China, the United States and the European Union.