American Samoa wants to be able to take the lead in the area of renewable energy in the context of climate change in the Pacific region.
Deputy Director of the American Samoa Environmental Protection Agency, Fa’amao Asalele Jr, made this known during discussions of an initiative by SPREP for a Pacific Climate Change Center.
The proposed center will be funded by the governments of Japan and Samoa in collaboration with SPREP.
Asalele elaborated on the role for American Samoa in an interview with KHJ News at the SPREP meeting now underway in Apia.
American Samoa is one of the Pacific territories which are members of SPREP and the United States is one of the five metropolitan members that include New Zealand, Australia, Great Britain and France.