Vanuatu parliament building in the capital Port Vila. Photo: RNZI/ Walter Zweifel

Richard Butler | RNZ News | 25 Sept 2018

The Vanuatu goverment is working towards setting up its first Department of Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction.

The Daily Post newspaper said Vanuatu was one of the first countries in the world to set up a Ministry of Climate Change, which is being followed by a Department of Climate Change.

The ministry’s Silas Tigona said the new department would mean a potential expansion of the National Disaster Management Office.

He said the department would also provide a pathway for students to proceed to higher levels of training in Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction.