This report documents the results of a Workshop on ‘Pacific Climate Change and Finance’ that was held in Apia, Samoa on 28 and 29 October 2012. The workshop was hosted by the Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN) with co-financing from SPC through their GCCA project. The focus of the workshop was on enhancing countries’ capacity to access financial resources for climate change. This was based on the outcomes of an earlier consultation with Pacific Island Countries held in Apia whereby the countries were asked to prioritise their needs in relation to climate change adaptation. The workshop objectives and agenda were designed based on what countries advised in that consultation.
This report should be read together with an additional document that was developed at the same time as the workshop. The presentations given during the workshop about how to undertake key steps in the proposal development process have been written into a set of guidelines that will be distributed together with these workshop records. They will hereafter be referred to as the SPREP/APAN Guidelines for Developing Project Proposals. Copies of the guidelines can be obtained from the SPREP Climate Change Portal (www.pacificclimatechange.net).
Another useful tool that was developed by APAN and SPREP in relation to the workshop is a directory of multi-lateral and bi-lateral donors that fund climate change adaptation work in the Pacific Islands region. Hereafter the directory will be referred to as the Donor Database. It is SPREP’s intention to continue to update and expand this directory. The directory will be made available in early 2013 at which point it will also be loaded onto the SPREP Climate Change Portal
The workshop agenda can be found in Annex 1 and the list of participants can be found in Annex 2.
The objective of the workshop was to enable Pacific Island country representatives to enhance their skills in the following areas:
• General understanding about specific donors and the type of climate change financing available to the Pacific;
• Individual donor policies and financing criteria;
• Proposal writing and log frame development; and
• Monitoring, evaluation, and reporting requirements for donors.
In addition, the workshop gave representatives of donor agencies, CROP agencies and Pacific Island countries the opportunity to network and develop closer working relationships.