Climate Change partnership extended

A partnership between the Japan International Cooperation Agency  and the Pacific Climate Change Centre to capitalise on opportunities to build understanding of climate change has been extended to 2023.

The Director-General of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme, Kosi Latu and the JICA Representative Akihiko Hoshino signed the extension on 17 March.

The Pacific Climate Change Centre Project for Capacity on Climate Change was officially launched November 2019, initially with one-on-one training and then three to five-training activities held seeing a total of 222 Pacific Islanders getting nominated to contribute to building their respective climate change capacities.

Mr Latu said he was elated at the opportunity as well as the extension of the programme throughout the region.

“We are grateful for the impact of this programme across the Pacific Islands region. The success of which has resulted in this extension,” he said.

“It is encouraging that we are able to continue supporting our Pacific Members, we now look forward to the positive outcomes that will continue throughout the programme over the coming years.”

However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic that led to the closure of international borders, a number of planned activities including in-person training got cancelled.

The virtual training activity was then moved online, to ensure the project is delivered and further strengthened for the Pacific Island and the Joint Coordination Committee to extend the project for the next two-years.

Pacific Climate Change Centre (PCCC) was pledged by the Government of Japan at the Seventh Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM7) in 2015 to respond to a number of needs in climate change in the region.

This project aims to support the operationalization of the training function of the PCCC as stated in the strategy and business plan for the PCCC.

It will play an important part in the PCCC training and leering function to contribute to the expected outcomes of the business plan. Four mutual functions such as knowledge to brokerage, applied research, capacity building through training and learning are taught on this project.

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