More than 160 speakers will gather in Wellington this week for the Pacific Climate Change Conference.
Experts as well as victims of the effects of climate change will share the latest information and experiences on what's been noted as the biggest issue in the Pacific.
Victoria University's Professor James Renwick says the issue is even more important now in the wake of tropical Cyclone Gita.
"Because of those things, climate change is really in the public eye at the moment and the main point of the conference is really to raise awareness and get conversations going," he says.
"The western Pacific is one part of the globe where sea levels are rising faster than anywhere else in the world so it's definitely a big issue."
"We're hoping to see an extensive mix of stories from the Pacific and ideas on how we can take action as soon as possible."
The Pacific Climate Change Conference will begin on Wednesday at Te Papa National Museum.
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