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A nation’s key to resilience

A SURVEY of the nature of climate change adaptation planning and implementation that is rolling out in the Pacific region may well reflect the predominance of infrastructural and/or physical investment and related activities.

Mangrove-planting and the construction of sea walls are two examples of the propensity to focus on physical activities, apart from agriculture and land-use research for a response to crop destruction by rising salinised water tables.

These projects are undoubtedly crucial for survival but a judicious question we must all ask ourselves is: Can we really talk of a resilient population if we are not talking about the most basic of health vulnerabilities – reproductive, new-born, child and adolescents health (RMNCAH)?

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