GTZ announces 14.2 million euro extended regional programme on Coping with Climate Change
Tuesday, 21 September 2010 15:30


HOAFS meeting participants 2010The German Agency for Technical Cooperation (GTZ) has officially announced an extended regional programme on Coping with Climate Change in the Pacific Island region which will be implemented until 2015 with a total German contribution of 14.2 Million Euros.

In making the announcement at the fourth regional meeting of Heads of Agriculture and Forestry in Nadi, Fiji, GTZ programme Director and Senior Adviser, Dr Hermann Fickinger said that in late 2009, the German government decided to enhance its engagement with the Pacific and pledged additional funds to the regional program and it has allocated another 10 Million Euros to the already ongoing SPC/GTZ regional programme on “Adaptation to Climate Change in the Pacific Island Region (ACCPIR)”.

This extended the overall financial envelope to 14.2 Million Euros.

“As a result, the program will also include Federate States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Tuvalu and extend its thematic focus to marine resources, sustainable energy management and tourism and climate change,” Dr Fickinger said.

Under the new programme the focus will be land-based natural resources, marine resources, tourism, and sustainable energy.

The programme also allows for Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) to continue as the main implementation partner and a stronger cooperation with the Secretariat of the Pacific Environment Programme (SPREP).

“The overall objective of the extended program is to strengthen the capacities of regional organizations in the Pacific Island region and their member states to cope with the adverse effects of and reduce their contribution to Climate Change.

The extended regional programme for GTZ will continue the basic multi-level approach being implemented under the current regional project.

“This means working with regional partner institutions being strengthened at country national and sub-national levels. Due to insufficient human and financial resources in the countries, which are a constitutive element not exclusively of the small island countries, the regional component is a critical element for long term sustainable development. Widening the thematic scope and considering different institutional partners and beneficiaries has led to five project components including adaptation and mitigation issues,” Dr Fickinger said.

The HOAFs meeting heard that over the next decades, Climate Change will remain one of the key topics in the Pacific on the political level as well as on the very concrete level at local communities and the German Pacific Regional Program Coping with Climate Change in the Pacific Island Region (CCCPIR) will continue to contribute considerably to the strengthening the capacities of Pacific Island Countries and regional organisations to better cope with climate change through its important financial envelope, its long term perspective and its strong partnership within the region and the respective countries.

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