Global Climate Change Alliance Holds First Pacific Meeting

5 June 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has reported that the Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA): Pacific Small Island States project held its first regional steering committee meeting in Suva, Fiji, from 28–29 May 2012. GCCA is a global EU-supported initiative aimed at strengthening dialogue and cooperation on climate change in developing countries most vulnerable to climate change.

Pacific countries involved in the project include the Cook Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Tonga and Tuvalu. According to SPC, GCCA emphasizes innovative and effective approaches to delivering climate change support and addressing the capacity needs of developing countries. Meeting participants agreed to focus on coastal protection, as well as the water and health sectors in the Pacific.

GCCA has 40 projects, ongoing or under preparation across 35 countries. The EU is contributing EUR300 million globally to GCCA. [SPC Press Release] [Global Climate Change Alliance Website]