SPC, GIZ to Finance Adaptation Activities to Conserve Fisheries

Jimmie Rodgers, SPC Director-General, and Robert Kressirer, GIZ Country Director (Philippines and the Pacific)24 November 2011: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) have signed two financing agreements, committing the two organizations to provide assistance to Pacific coastal communities to adapt to the effects of climate change through improved conservation and sustainable use of fisheries resources.    

According to SPC, the agreements provide € 700,000 to two projects that will: assist coastal communities to adapt to climate change effects through a holistic approach covering marine based natural resources in the Pacific region; and increase the capacity of Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs) to negotiate adaptations to climate change through the provision of advice to SPC members on the likely change in tuna stocks and distribution by building on and extending model development. Under the agreements, the two intergovernmental organisations will seek to ensure enhanced delivery of services to their twelve common members: Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Caledonia, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tahiti, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea. [SPC Press Release]