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ACP MEAs Newsletter Focuses on Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction in SIDS

29 June 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the EU have released the June issue of their newsletter on the African, Caribbean and Pacific Multilateral Environment Agreements (ACP MEAs) project. The newest newsletter is sub-titled "The Future of the Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction in Small Island Developing States."

The newsletter opens with a guest article by Jill Key, Pacific Hub coordinator, on the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC), as well as the outcomes of the Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in Small Island Developing States (SIDS), which convened in Apia, Samoa, from 23-26 May 2011.

The newsletter reports on activities implemented at the Caribbean Hub, housed at the Secretariat of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), highlighting the first of four National Legislative Drafting Workshops carried out in collaboration with the UNEP Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean. It features an article on the development by the Caribbean Hub of a learning kit, in association with the Caribbean Hotel Energy Action Project, focusing on the Montreal Protocol and its contribution to improved energy efficiency in the small- and medium-sized hotels in the Caribbean.

Regarding the activities implemented at the African Hub, housed at the African Union Commission (AUC), the newsletter reports on financial support to the Secretariat of the Convention for Co-operation in the Protection and Development of the Marine and Coastal Environment of the West and Central African Region (Abidjan Convention) for the organization of the ninth meeting of the Contracting Parties (COP 9). At the meeting, parties agreed to submit the draft Land-based Sources of Pollution (LBSA) Protocol for review and approval by countries at the next COP. The Africa Hub has also agreed with the Basel Convention Regional Centre (BCRC) in Dakar, Senegal, to hold a waste management workshop in September 2011 in Dakar, to strengthen the capacity of national and sub-regional private enterprises in MEAs implementation.

On the activities of the Pacific Hub, housed at the SPREP, the newsletter highlights national training on international environmental agreement mainstreaming in Samoa, Niue and Tuvalu. Negotiating skills training was also held in Timor-Leste. [Publication: ACP MEAs Newsletter Issue 3 Volume 2 June 2011]