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GEF Meeting Reviews Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change Project

11 August 2011: A meeting to review the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change (PACC) project, organized by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), discussed policy, technical, and operational issues and issued recommendations to enhance the impact of PACC and include lessons learned into other regional legal frameworks.

The meeting took place in Port Vila, Vanuatu, from 8-12 August 2011, and brought together over 50 participants, including national coordinators, representatives from the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) as the implementing agencies, and other key partners. The US$57 million dollar project is partly funded by the Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) through a grant of US$13 million dollars and supports adaptation activities in three main areas: food security and production; coastal management; and water resources management in 13 Pacific island countries.

Countries that are part of the PACC include Nauru, Niue, Marshall Islands, Tonga and Tuvalu, which are focusing on addressing water resources management; Fiji, Palau, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, which have national projects to help increase food security and food production; and Cook Islands, Vanuatu, Samoa and the Federated States of Micronesia, which focus on addressing coastal erosion management. [GEF Press Release] [SPREP Press Release, 9 August 2011] [SPREP Press Release, 12 August 2011]