SPREP, APAN Adaptation Workshop Discusses Capacity Challenges

South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)2 March 2012: Pacific island climate change and adaptation focal points identified the need for capacity building in the area of adaptation funding proposals, implementation and reporting during a climate change adaptation consultation meeting coordinated by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN).

The meeting took place from 28-29 February 2012, in Apia, Samoa, and was attended by representatives from Fiji, Niue, Cook Islands, Vanuatu, Samoa, Kiribati, Palau and Marshall Islands. Particpants referred to the stringent requirements made by donor countries on funding eligibility as an obstacle to Pacific islands' access to adaptation funding. They called for capacity development trainings to better understand donor requirements, as well as to work with the regional organizations to make the most efficient use of funds. The capacity building recommendations emerging from the workshop will be considered for implementation by APAN along with the USAID ADAPT Project. [SPREP Press Release]