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Ecologist party will bring island voices to the summit

PAPEÉTE, Tahiti (Tahitipresse, Nov. 30, 2009) - A Tahitian delegation will go to the Climate Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, the Heiura-Les Verts ecologist party told reporters.

Government representatives from 170 countries are expected to attend the Climate Conference in Copenhagen, next week, to discuss a plan to cap carbon emissions.

There will be no official Tahitian delegation going to the summit.

But the Heiura-Les Verts ecologist party announced during the weekend that four Tahitian ecologists will go to Copenhagen anyway.

The four persons will have to report on the conference's decision back in Papeete, Tahiti.

They will also have to "make the islands' voices heard" in Copenhagen, Heiura-Les Verts leader Jacky Bryant told reporters.

If there are no important decisions taken during the summit, there will be serious consequences for Pacific Islands, Bryant said.

Migration from low-lying islands - including from the Tuamotu archipelago, in French Polynesia - will be a big problem, Bryant added.

[PIR editor’s note: Tuamotu Archipelago or the Tuamotus is the largest low-lying chain of atolls on earth. The most important source of income in the Tuamotus is the cultivation of black pearls and the preparation of copra. The total land area is approx. 885 km square (345 sq mi) with a population of about 16,000 inhabitants.]

If sea level is to rise soon, there is also concern about the future of the Tahiti-Faa'a international airport, the Heiura-Les Verts leader said.

The Climate Conference in Copenhagen is a response to the coming expiration of the Kyoto Protocol in 2012.

The conference is also organized in a context of international pressure to set targets for global greenhouse gas emissions.

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