|SPC/GIZ Coping with Climate Change in the Pacific Island Region|
The expanded SPC/GIZ ‘Coping with climate change in the Pacific Island Region (CCCPIR)’ programme aims to strengthen the capacities of Pacific member countries and regional organisations to cope with the impacts of climate change.Changing rainfall patterns, longer drought periods, increased cyclone intensity and rising sea levels are likely to affect all communities and key economic sectors such as agriculture, forestry, fisheries and tourism. Addressing climate change is therefore an urgent priority in the Pacific and countries have consistently highlighted their needs at regional and international forums.
The SPC/GIZ programme commenced in 2009 working with Fiji, Tonga and Vanuatu. The programme emerged from a request received by SPC through the Heads of Agriculture and Forestry Services (HOAFS) at their 2006 meeting and the initial focus was therefore on land based natural resources such as agriculture, forestry and land use.
Recognising the particular vulnerabilities of Pacific countries the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany through the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has extended its commitment to support Pacific Island Countries to cope with the effects of climate change. It has allocated another 13 Mio. € to the already ongoing SPC/GIZ regional program extending the overall financial envelope to 17.2 Mio. €. Based on country requests received during the appraisal mission, the scope of the programme has expanded to also cover fisheries, tourism, energy and education.
In addition to continued work with Fiji, Tonga and Vanuatu, it has expanded to another nine Pacific Island Countries, namely the Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu. The programme duration has been extended until 2015.
The programme has six overall components:
A brief presentation outlining the overall programme objectives and indicators is available here.
Component 1 will work mainly with regional organisations (SPC, SPREP) to enhance their capacity to integrate climate change into their service delivery to member countries
Component 2 will support countries to integrate climate change into various national strategies, plans and policies targeting agriculture, forestry, land use and marine resources.
Component 3 is closely linked to Component 2 and will support the implementation of specific adaptation and mitigation measures including through the establishment of pilot sites to trail approaches.
Component 4 will work with Fiji, Palau, Samoa and Vanuatu at the national level to promote adaptation to climate change and strategies for emission reductions through public private partnerships with larger operators and supporting community based tourism initiatives.
Component 5 will work with the following countries – Tuvalu, Kiribati, Nauru, Vanuatu and Tonga – and focus on developing bankable proposals for climate smart energy projects.
Component 6 will work with the following countries - Kiribati, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu – targeting national education ministries, vocational training institutions and teacher training institutions to integrate climate change into existing curricula and training programmes.
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