Building capacity to deal with climate change information
Discussions for the Pacific iCLIM Project, which aims to enhance regional capacity in climate change information knowledge management across the Pacific region, are currently underway with a workshop being held at the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (S.P.R.E.P) Headquarter in Apia.
The Project, which commenced in 2014, is run by Griffith University in partnership with S.P.R.E.P, and is funded by the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (D.F.A.T).
The workshop was opened by Australia’s Acting High Commissioner to Samoa, Amanda Jewel. She highlighted Australia’s support for improving the lives of Pacific people in ensuring timely and relevant climate action across the Pacific.
A collaborative regional network is critical to climate change action and capacity development in the Pacific.
The workshop marks an important milestone as delegates from Australia, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tuvalu, Tonga and Vanuatu meet to discuss key activities, issues and opportunities for the second phase of the Project.
Dr. Netatua Pelesikoti, Director of Climate Change at S.P.R.E.P, stated that: “Knowledge and information are key for informing and prioritising adaptation and mitigation actions. This planning meeting will determine the activities that you will benefit from both from the regional and the national levels.”
The Project builds on the Pacific Climate Change Portal, a go-to regional hub for climate change data, which was launched by S.P.R.E.P in 2012.
Sam Mackay, Project Manager for the Pacific iCLIM Project explained that the Griffith University iCLIM team and S.P.R.E.P are “looking to the future’ when designing the information portals and decision support tools for climate adaptation planning and climate finance.
Brendan Mackay, Project Director of the iCLIM Project at Griffith University stated that: ‘Phase 2 of the iCLIM Project will focus on strengthening existing systems, encouraging good information knowledge management practices, and collaborating with governments and donors.’