"Resilience" vital to resist natural disaster due to climate change

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Manuel Pulgar Vidal. UN Photo.

Resilience is vital for countries facing natural disasters as a result of climate change.

That's one of the key issues due to be highlighted at the COP21 climate change conference in Paris on Wednesday.

Matthew Wells has more.

December 2 has been dedicated to resilience issues as part of the so-called Lima-Paris Action Agenda. Hosted by Peru and France, the events plan to show that moving to a low carbon emission economy that is also climate-resilient is both possible and desirable.

Here's the Peruvian environment minister, Manuel Pulgar Vidal.

"If climate change is going to bring us natural disaster, we should have the objective of resilience as a way to face that kind of consequence, and make the countries, make the states, able to continue growing. So when we talk about resilience we are talking about ways to growth, ways to maintain the economy, ways to maintain our productive activities."

The series of resilience events are also designed to highlight the cost of doing nothing, as emissions rise and global warming continues.

It's hoped a deal can be reached in Paris to limit global temperature rises to below 2 degrees Celsius.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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