SPC and GTZ Launch Climate Protection through Forest Conservation Project

8 December 2010: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), together with the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ), has launched a Pacific regional project titled “Climate protection through forest conservation in the Pacific Island countries.” 

The project EUR4.9 million project has three main objectives: the development of a regional REDD+ policy; the establishment and utilization of a regional REDD+ information and support platform; and supporting Papua New Guinea (PNG), Vanuatu, Solomon Islands in the REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, and the role of conservation, sustainable use of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks) readiness process. According to SPC, the regional component of the project will cover all SPC member countries and territories, but national activities will focus on three countries with large forest cover, namely PNG, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. Activities in Fiji are ongoing and currently supported under the existing SPC/GTZ Programme on Adaptation to Climate Change in the Pacific Island Region.

The project will be executed over the next four years from November 2010 to the end of 2014. SPC convened a three-day regional inception workshop on 22–24 November 2010, in Suva, Fiji, attended by representatives from Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, PNG, and Fiji. Participants drafted a roadmap and preliminary plan of operation for the regional programme. The workshop also identified the main outputs and activities for the three main objectives of the project. [SPC Press Release]