Centre to boost Pacific climate knowledge

The Pacific Climate Change Centre (P.C.C.) is striving to increase the knowledge of Pacific islands people on climate change issues.

The P.C.C.C. is the regional centre for knowledge, learning and training, research, and innovation on climate change in the region.

The centre was established through a partnership between the Governments of Japan and Samoa.

Its headquarters are hosted by (Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme) S.P.R.E.P. 

Since opening in 2019 a wide range of partners provides the centre with support including the Governments of New Zealand and Ireland.

S.P.R.E.P. launched an online learning platform in March this year, while the P.C.C.C. also launched four online learning resources devoted to growing knowledge of Pacific people about climate issues. 

A Manager of P.C.C.C. at S.P.R.E.P., ‘Ofa Ma’asi-Kaisamy, said that the online learning resources and the online learning platform are exciting and innovative solutions to the challenges of the global pandemic.

“We are glad to have done so as there is a thirst for knowledge and information,” she said.

She also added that by making online tools and courses accessible anywhere in the Pacific, the centre is ensuring that it remains relevant and true to its founding vision. 

The online learning series are part of S.P.R.E.P. and the P.C.C.C.'s public engagement with regional audiences interested in the Pacific environment and the issues it faces. 

The lectures aim to bring together leaders, academics, practitioners, and stakeholders to share views on work on climate change in the Pacific.

“Given this is an issue that reaches all of us, at all ages – it is our responsibility to know more, so we can make informed decisions,” she said. 

A dedicated children's corner of the website is also available. 

The online courses are free and short to be undertaken at students’ own pace. 

The children’s corner contains online learning resources especially for children at all levels from primary, secondary as well as tertiary education levels. 

“Our online resources and e-learning platform is working to empower our Pacific islands people, of all ages and from all sectors,” she said. 

S.P.R.E.P., said in a statement that the P.C.C.C. e-learning platform also boosts specialised knowledge of climate change issues:

"These technical training courses are provided by S.P.R.E.P. and partners, based on the training requests and capacity training needs of the Member countries.

"At the moment, these courses require an invitation of registered officials through country focal points. 

“As COVID-19 has impacted all regional face to face training workshops; P.C.C.C. have started to transition these into online and blended courses. 

"To navigate the P.C.C.C. e-learning platform, a newly published manual titled 'User guide for SPREP PCCC e-Learning' provides easy to follow directions for new users to sign up, register and navigate the e-learning platform."

The current suite of courses available includes 12 courses by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (J.I.C.A.) and Samoa through the Project for Capacity Building on Climate Resilience in the Pacific (C.B.R.C.P.). 

A further 11 courses have been identified by the Pacific Meteorological Desk Partnership program with another two from other Climate Change Resilience programme projects to be delivered before year’s end. 

The P.C.C.C. is currently in the process of seeking accreditation from the Samoa Qualifications Authority as an informal education and training centre.


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