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SPREP Issues First Fact Sheet on Building MEA Capacity in PICs

South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)January 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has issued the first fact sheet in a series titled "Building MEA Capacity for Pacific Island Countries." The document is part of an EU project on “Capacity Building Related to Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Countries”.

The fact sheet describes pre-Conference of the Parties (COP) trainings conducted by SPREP for Pacific Island Countries (PICs) participants in preparation for tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and 10th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). Participants were given both media skills and negotiation skills training using the Pacific negotiators Handbook “Taking the Floor”, and developed a Communications Strategy and a Pacific Islands Brief.

The fact sheet also reports on the assistance provided by SPREP to Kiribati in developing national action plans for climate change, biodiversity conservation, waste, energy, agriculture and water in relation to MEA implementation.

The fact sheet is targeted to the 15 Pacific ACP countries: the Cook Islands, Fiji, the Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. [Publication: Building MEA Capacity in Pacific Island Coountries Fact Sheet 1]