|Tania Temata at CBD COP 10 Pacific prep Meeting|
8 October 2012, CBD COP 11, Hyderabad, India - Tribute was paid to Ms. Tania Temata, the former representative of the Asia Pacific Group to the Bureau of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, during the Pacific briefing in Hyderabad, India today.
Tania served as the Deputy Director for the Cook Islands National Environment Service and held positions on various panels and boards, including the Bureau Representative on the CBD COP 10.
|Tania on right at the CBD COP 9 in Bonn, Germany with fellow Cook Islanders|
Pacific colleagues were saddened by her passing after a long battle with cancer, many remember her for her dedication and commitment to environmental management both at community, regional and international level.
Her legacy can be seen at the 11th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in India this week, with fellow Pacific islanders engaging at the conference, many of whom have been fortunate to work with Tania, and have received support and guidance from Tania over the years.
Tania will be missed by all including partner Tavake Manuel Karika and her three sons, Iaveta, Temata and John Jeremiah.
Aere ra Tania.
Tributes to Tania Temata during the CBD COP 11:
Tributes to Tania Temata during the CBD COP 11:
|Tania, an accomplished climate change negotiator also, at the Climate Change COP 17 in Copenhagen|
Nenenteiti Teariki-Ruatu, On behalf of former Director and staff of Environment & Conservation Division - KIRIBATI
"It is with heartfelt and great sadness that those of us from Kiribati, who have known Tania, joins and shares this great loss. Staff of Environment & Conservation Division with former Director (Mrs. Tererei Abete Reema) joins and pays tribute to Ms. Tania Temata and her family in this sad time of sorrow and our prayers are with her and her family.
Those of us from Kiribati who have had the privilege to work alongside her in all the regional and international meetings and negotiation meetings, Tania has always proven herself to be the inspirational leader of the Pacific region, guiding and leading those of us, who are new and inexperienced and a great ally and colleague at the same time. It was also through her that the Pacific region has received great respect from prominent negotiators outside the Pacific region, whom have always looked upon for further guidance where the Pacific matters, may have concerned.
We share the great loss to Tania's family and colleagues at her office in the Cook Islands and she will be greatly and sadly miss by us all. The great things she has set for the Cook Island and the Pacific region through her great dedication and passion shown in her work and love for the environment, will always be with us forever.
With all our prayers."
|Tania at the CBD COP 10 Pacific Prep Meeting|
Tyrone Deiye, Nauru
"I had flashbacks thinking of the times I managed to share with my good friend Tania those times to me seems very valuable now and I feel very privileged to have shared those spare moments with my friend which I will treasure forever. If there is anything missing with our causes in our endeavours this COP11 it is truly my good friend Tania. I remember during COP 10 in Nagoya she was always online on Skype guiding us and sharing her valuable experiences. My friend is truly missed by all that she has touched and known her and her fond memories will always be a treasure in our hearts. The Lord has chosen to take her away from us and to my friend and mentor Tania may you rest in peace.
My deepest condolences to Tanias family and also to all who are close to her she will be truly forever missed"
Joe Aitaro, Palau
"My dearest colleagues of the Cook Islands, no words can truly truly express my sincere emotions on the passing away of yours and one of the Pacific's icon environmental and conservation champion.
Our friend, Tania has be called by our Lord but her teachings still remains unfulfilled and its our destiny to ensure safeguard, teach and advance her teachings.
These are teachings I want to share. By sharing we can never forget!
As a leader, Tania always provided the "chance" and guided others to improve or better themselves! Although viewed by many including myself as one of the Pacific true iconic leaders and top negotiators, Tania never acknowledged herself to be that. She remained calm and met each daunting challenge with humility thus making the world embrace the "Pacific Way" of professionalism. It's this skillful art form, Tania lead the Pacific in achieving small accomplishments that grew into Pacific milestones and in doing so raised the confidence of her Pacific peers to ensuring, we the Pacific do have a voice and we do matter.
Tania, I was blessed to have met and worked with you. You shall always remain my heart! Rest in Peace my Sister."
|Tania on Right with Simpson Abraham of FSM at the Pacific Climate Change Roundtable in Niue, 2011|
Kate Brown-Vitolia, GLISPA
"Farewell to a wonderful woman who was an inspiration. Deepest sympathy to Cook Islands and pacific colleagues and most importantly her family. An island champion and biodiversity battler - farewell Tania Temata."
Easter Galuvao, SPREP
"You will always be remembered my dear friend for your passion for the environment; a true champion; and an inspirational leader. My deepest condolences to Tania’s family, partner, children and colleagues in the Environment Service. May you rest in peace my dear friend."
|Rest in Peace Tania Temata, Te Atua te Aroa|
"Requiescat in pace Tania. You have touched the lives of many in the Pacific and we all mourn your loss. Goodbye my friend and mentor,"
Joseph Brider, Cook Islands
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