In December of 2012, SPREP was successfully accredited as a Regional Implementing Entity (RIE) of the Kyoto Protocol Adaptation Fund (AF). This accreditation by SPREP was a direct response to requests from Pacific Island Country member countries, who identified the need for a regional organization such as SPREP, to provide assistance to them to access adaptation funding.
In line with SPREP’s role as an RIE, and in response to requests for SPREP to continue to enable countries to better access adaptation funds, SPREP is working in partnership with a number of agencies to facilitate such access. As such, SPREP and partner agencies worked together to deliver this workshop where PICs were given the opportunity to better enhance their ability to access Adaptation Funds.
This workshop also built upon an earlier regional training workshop, also facilitated by SPREP (in partnership with APAN and the SPC EU GCCA SIS project) in 2012, where countries looked at project proposal development and monitoring and evaluation more generally. While this workshop specifically targeted the Adaptation Fund application process, there are many skills and elements that were be taught in this workshop that will also apply to other donor funds (for example the GCF and bilateral funds), such as the results based framework process; and good practices in social and environmental responsibility and risk management.
This workshop was also held back to back with a second training workshop, run by the UNEP Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN), which focused on raising awareness amongst Pacific Island Countries on the role of the CTCN and their National Designated Entities (NDE’s). Having the workshops back to back enabled a wider range of participants to be brought in for both trainings and helped with cost sharing.