October 10, 2018
Te Arawa prepares for climate change
Climate Change Minister James Shaw will hear from Te Arawa leaders in Rotorua tomorrow about what they are doing to prepare for a hotter world.
The latest assessment from the the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released this week warned that limiting global warming global warming to 1.5 C would require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society.
It said the world was already seeing the consequences of 1 C of global warming through more extreme weather, rising sea levels and diminishing Arctic sea ice, among other changes.
Te Arawa Lakes Trust chief executive Karen Vercoe says the iwi established a climate change working group, Te Urungā a Kea, in January.
So far it has looked at the likely impact of sea level rise for the community at Little Waihi and Maketu, and worked to secure support for hapu and iwi to better protect cultural sites of significance.
it is also considering food security and how hapu and whanau can prepare for severe weather events.
It has a joint research project with Scion forest research institute around understanding the climate change issues faced by hapu and iwi.
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