Coping with Climate Change in the Pacific Island Region (CCCPIR)
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Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) / Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ)
Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP); University of the South Pacific (USP)
Government of the Federal Republic of Germany: Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development
Recognising the particular vulnerabilities of Pacific countries, the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany through the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development extended its commitment to support Pacific Island Countries to cope with the effects of climate change. The programme is an extension in scope and regional coverage of the former regional programme ‘Adaptation to Climate Change in the Pacific Island Region’, which became operational in Fiji Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu in 2009.
At the regional level, the programme aligns with the Pacific Island Framework for Action on Climate Change 2006-2015 (PIFACC). The programme will build on and complement existing and proposed initiatives at the regional and national level. It supports the implementation, at the regional level, of the PIFACC and, at the national level, of relevant adaptation (e.g., National Adaptation Programmes for Action) and mitigation strategies, national sustainable development strategies and relevant sectoral policies and frameworks.
The programme concentrates on agriculture, forestry, land use planning, fisheries, tourism, energy and education. To create suitable conditions, national adaptation strategies are being developed and the relevant policies and guidelines made climate-relevant. Through climate-sensitive land use planning, residents should receive support in identifying forms of land use that will remain sustainable despite future climate changes. To reduce greenhouse gases, the programme supports Fijian efforts to protect the remaining forests by using the sale of CO2 certificates to provide a financial basis for conservation approaches. Several pilot programmes support local societies, farmers and forest users in adapting to the coming climate change.
To strengthen the capacities of regional organisations in the Pacific Island region and its member states to adapt to climate change and mitigate its causes
COMPONENT 1: Strengthening regional advisory and management capacity Improved advisory and management capacity in regional organisations promotes adaptation to climate change and the reduction of GHG emissions in the region.
COMPONENT 2: Mainstreaming climate considerations and adaptations strategies Selected PICs are implementing adaptation strategies for managing natural resources and sector policies that systematically incorporate climate considerations.
COMPONENT 3: Implementing adaptation and mitigation measures Selected PICs have successfully implemented and evaluated adaptation and mitigation measures in the field of natural resources, particularly at community level.
COMPONENT 4: Sustainable tourism and climate change Innovative partnerships and approaches in the tourism sector are promoting adaptation to climate change and a reduction in GHGs.
COMPONENT5: Sustainable energy management Public and private service providers in the energy sector are strengthening and improving their climate-related services and their focus on sustainability, reliability and cost-effectiveness in the energy sector within the region.
COMPONENT 6: Climate change education Capacities of education ministries, training institutions, schools and teachers are strengthened to plan and deliver education on climate change adaptation and mitigation.
The programme supports sectors depending on natural resources and healthy ecosystems to increase their resilience to the impacts of climate change.
Key achievements supported by the ongoing programme include:
• Integration of climate change considerations into the Tonga Forest Policy (in partnership with FAO) and the forest policy development process in Vanuatu;
• The development of a REDD+ policy in Fiji Islands, an assessment of forest area and forest carbon stock change in the country since 1990, and the drafting of a national REDD+ strategic action plan, all of which contribute to Fiji’s efforts to get REDD+ ready;
• Integration of climate change considerations into Vanuatu legislation; Establishment of pilot sites in Tonga and Vanuatu to determine appropriate land use planning approaches and technologies to strengthen capacities of local communities, using gender-sensitive approaches, to adapt to climate change; and
• Awareness and information sharing in all countries using various media, school awareness initiatives, national events such as agriculture shows and environment day celebrations, and a restructure of the SPC Land Resources Division website to facilitate information sharing on climate change related issues.
Project under implementation
Project under implementation
Dr Wulf Killmann
GIZ Programme Director and Senior Advisor
Coping with Climate Change in the Pacific Island Region (CCCPIR) Module 2, Level 3
Plaza 1 Downtown Boulevard 33
Ellery Street P.O Box 14041 Suva, Fiji
Tel: (679) 3305 983
Fax: (679) 3315 446
Mr Brian Dawson
SPC Senior Climate Change Adviser
Strategic Engagement, Policy and Planning Facility