Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs Richard Marles on the frontline of the fight against climate change during a visit to Kiribati yesterday.
During a tour of the Pacific island nation with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Mr Marles visited a mangrove site where he and Mr Ban helped sow some young plants.
“Mangroves provide a very practical frontline defence against rising seas. They are nature’s version of a concrete sea wall, softening the impact of waves to prevent erosion of Kiribati's fragile coastline and limited land mass," Mr Marles said.
“They also provide vital support grounds for fish and a natural cleansing system for the water.”
The Government of Kiribati is funding widescale plantings of mangroves, supported by the Australian Government through the Kiribati Adaptation Project.