Icaos environment protection report has found that climate change is not a priority for most people in Icaosa, a remote northern island in the South Pacific, but is important for some.
Icaos report said climate change was an issue that had been neglected and was “a very difficult and sensitive subject”.
“In the Icaoa Islands, there is a small group of people who feel the need to protect their environment from anthropogenic effects,” said Icaoso Environment Director Marjorie Ota.
“We need to understand what is going on in their environment, and what they are doing to ensure that their environment is protected.”
She said the report, released on Friday, showed that while climate change and the oceans were the most pressing issues facing the Icoos, people in the islands also needed to be aware of how they were impacting the environment.
Ota said the Icanas environment protection team had also found that people in remote areas were being forced to take action by the government and private companies to mitigate climate change.
“This has been an issue for the Icos people for many years, so it has been difficult for us to know if they are responding to what is happening to their environment,” she said.
“But we do know that people who live in remote islands are living in a very difficult situation, so this is a huge challenge for the islanders.”
Ota added that the report also found a significant amount of concern about climate change among some indigenous communities in the Icos.
She said they were often reluctant to make any decisions because they did not want to be accused of not taking action, but that the environment protection work of the ICanas environment team showed that they had some “lots of passion” about their environment.
She described IcaoS report as a first step towards getting more people to understand the issue.
“Icos is an indigenous people, and they need to get more people involved in their own affairs, and to learn more about what is taking place in their communities, so that they can be more informed and better informed about the impact of climate change on their environment and their communities,” she told Al Jazeera.
Ota also pointed out that climate-change-related deaths were a major issue, and that the islands needed to get the government to act on climate change as soon as possible.
In February, the United Nations climate change chief, Christiana Figueres, told a meeting of Icanos residents that she wanted to see a “major commitment” by the ICos government to tackle climate change, and a national strategy to address the issue in the island nation.
The islands environment department was formed in 2016 and has about 30 people on its board.
Otta said that since the formation of the department in 2016, she had received calls from people from around the world, and said she was “very happy to be here”.
“They have asked me for a big commitment of resources, so I am very happy to do that,” she added.
“They are not just going to be people who are living there, but people who can actually help them, to understand how they are affected, and also to be able to help us do something to help them in their situation.”