EU/SPC Climate Resilience Project to Help Pacific Island States
18 July 2011: Pacific small island States most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change will benefit from a new climate resilience project worth EUR11.4 million, funded by the EU and implemented by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) over the next four years, the SPC has announced.
The project, titled "Increasing Climate Resilience of Pacific Small Islands States through the Global Climate Change Alliance," will support the Governments of Cook Islands, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Tonga and Tuvalu in their efforts to tackle the adverse effects of climate change. It will promote the development of long-term strategies and approaches to adaptation planning, and pave the way for more effective and coordinated delivery of aid for climate change response at the national and regional level.
The project will assist countries in developing more detailed climate change response strategies and investment plans, and in integrating these into overarching national climate change response frameworks. In addition, the project also will provide assistance to countries to help identify, design and implement practical, on-the-ground climate change adaptation activities, in accordance with their established priorities. At least one concrete adaptation project will be implemented in each of the nine countries.
At the regional level, the project will strengthen the capacity of key regional organizations to deliver climate change-related scientific, technical and information services to countries, and it will reinforce regional mechanisms to better coordinate the flow of climate change funding in the Pacific. [SPC Press Release]