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SPC/GIZ Coping with Climate Change in the Pacific Islands Region (CCCPIR) Project

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Submitted by Amali Shaw on August 18, 2016 - 10:59am
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The regional SPC/GIZ programme ‘Coping with climate change in the Pacific Island Region' (CCCPIR) aims at strengthening the capacities of Pacific Island Countries (PICs) and regional organisations to cope with the anticipated effects of climate change that will affect communities across the region. 

 The CCCPIR is focusing on key economic sectors such as agriculture and livestock, forestry, fisheries, and tourism. Further focal areas are energy and education. Improving the sustainable supply of energy with a focus on enhancing renewable energy and energy efficiency is critical for Pacific Island countries to increase the resilience of their economies. Integrating climate change considerations into primary and secondary education and technical and vocational training (TVET) is also vital to equipping young Pacific Islanders with the knowledge and skills required to cope with the effects of climate change.

 At the regional level, CCCPIR aligns with the Pacific Island Framework for Action on Climate Change 2006-2015 (PIFACC). At the national levels it supports the implementation of relevant adaptation and mitigation policies and strategies, e.g. National Adaptation Programmes for Action, national sustainable development strategies, and National Communications to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), as well as other relevant sectoral and national policies and frameworks.

 Focal areas and activities are determined according to local priorities based on identified needs and gaps, which differ among countries. Information and knowledge sharing among countries is supported to maximise benefits and disseminate best practices between countries. Gender issues are considered in all areas of planning and implementation. CCCPIR builds on and complements existing and proposed initiatives at the regional and national levels.

 Implementation and timeframe

CCCPIR is implemented jointly by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, in close partnership with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the University of the South Pacific (USP). Further close collaboration takes place with the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG), the South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) and the Pacific Power Association (PPA).


In addition to continued work with Fiji, Tonga and Vanuatu, it has expanded to another nine Pacific Island Countries, namely the Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu. The programme duration has been extended until 2015.

The programme has six overall components:

  • C1: Strengthening regional advisory and management capacity
  • C2: Mainstreaming climate considerations and adaptations strategies
  • C3: Implementing adaptation and mitigation measures
  • C4: Sustainable tourism and climate change
  • C5: Sustainable energy management
  • C6: Climate change education
Component 5 -Sustainable energy management, will work with the following countiries -- Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu -- targeting national education ministries, vocational training institutions and teacher training institutions to integrate climate change into existing curricula and training programmes. Objective is to support public and private providers in the energy sector to imrove their climate-related services and their focus on sustainability, reliability and cost-effectiveness in the energy sector in the Pacific region.
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