Dispatch of Survey Mission on Climate Change to Tuvalu and Fiji

February 27, 2008

  1. The Government of Japan will dispatch a project formation survey mission to Tuvalu and the Republic of the Fiji Islands from February 26 (Tue) to March 15 (Sat) to investigate the possibility of cooperation to help Tuvalu adapt to climate change.
  2. The survey mission comprises officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, the Ministry of Environment, JICA, and others.  Taking into account a report made by another mission dispatched from the Ministry of Environment from February 7 (Thu) to 25 (Mon), the survey mission will research the details of the influence of climate change on Tuvalu and will study practical support measures for Tuvalu.  It also collects information from agencies concerned in the Republic of the Fiji Islands.
  3. Together with the dispatch of the mission, the Government of Japan will have policy dialogues with the Government of Tuvalu based on the Cool Earth Partnership.  
  4. The survey mission will be dispatched in accordance with the announcement made by Mr. Yasuo Fukuda, Prime Minister of Japan, at the Japan-Tuvalu summit meeting in December 2007, that Japan would dispatch a survey mission to Tuvalu to study the possibility of Japan’s cooperation to tackle the issue of climate change.