Apia's new Climate Change Centre to bring jobs

Apia's soon-to-be-completed Pacific Climate Change Centre will bring new opportunities for scientific research but also local jobs, a top director says. 

The facility is scheduled to be completed early next month and is within the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (S.P.R.E.P.) compound in Apia.

“I’ve been asked many times whether this will recruit Pacific islanders and I say every time I encourage Pacific Islanders and as a Pacific islander myself, I empower our Pacific islanders to put in [their interest] because I really do believe that it is really must to,” said S.P.R.E.P.'s Director of Climate Change Resilience, Tagaloa Cooper-Halo.

S.P.R.E.P has a membership of 21 countries and territories and a further five metropolitan partners, all of whom will be invited to apply. 

Specific opportunities are being set aside for Samoa nationals but it’s a very competitive process, Mrs. Cooper-Halo said. 

S.P.R.E.P. says that the first priority for new staff will be the management of the centre but future opportunities will include: information sharing and management roles, capacity building initiatives, partnerships and innovation and science-based roles. 

Recruitment will start shortly.

S.P.R.E.P and the Government of Samoa say the centre's launch next month will be a milestone for scientific research but also the country itself. 

The centre being in Samoa is testament to Samoa’s leadership in responding to climate change, Mrs. Cooper-Halo said, and its role is to facilitate partnerships and support internationally. 

Samoa's work on responding to climate change is very strong and includes an engaged private sector and civil society, Mrs. Cooper-Halo said

But the centre will provide further short training in areas such as education, adaptation and climate finance.

“Each of the countries have their priorities in adapting to climate change and most of them including Samoa have already identified what their priorities are and have planned against implementing those priorities so really it’s a central meeting place for us to bring in more partnerships,” she said.

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