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CROP Agencies Reiterate Their Commitment to Climate Change Collaboration

PIFS8 June 2012: The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) has reported that the Council of Regional Organisations in the Pacific (CROP) has recalled its statement on “Collaborating to Support Effective Responses to Climate Change,” during a meeting of the CROP Executives Subcommittee on Climate Change (CES-CCC). 

The PIFS Secretary General is the permanent Chair of CROP, and, together with the Director General of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), co-Chairs the CES-CCC. The CROP statement on collaboration on climate change outlines the contribution of each of the CROP Agencies to addressing climate change. It highlights that: Pacific coordination and monitoring of climate change activities in the region and coordinated engagement in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) process is led by SPREP; political leadership and effective resourcing are issues generally led by PIFS; practical application of adaptation and mitigation activities across many key development sectors is led by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), and on some issues by SPREP; and research and development and human resource development is lead by the University of the South Pacific (USP).

CROP members include: the Fiji School of Medicine, the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency, the Pacific Islands Development Programme, SPC, PIFS, SPREP, the South Pacific Tourism Organisation, USP, the Pacific Power Association (PPA) and the Pacific Aviation Safety Office.

The meeting of the CROP CES-CCC took place in Suva, Fiji, during the first week of June 2012. [PIFS Press Release] [The Statement on Collaborating to Support Effective Responses to Climate Change]