Government of the Republic of Fiji
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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7th June, 2012: An agreement on funding climate change projects between the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), the Secretariat of the Community and the Fijian government was formalised today.
At the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between SPC/GIZ, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the department of Energy it was revealed that Fiji is one of the three countries benefiting from the funding.
The projects which fall under the ‘Coping with climate change in the Pacific Island Region (CCCPIR)’’ the programme aims to strengthen the capacities of Pacific member countries and regional organisations to cope with the impacts of climate change.
It aims to minimise the impact of changing rainfall patterns, longer drought periods, increased cyclone intensity and rising sea levels that are likely to affect all communities and key economic sectors such as agriculture, forestry, fisheries and tourism.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs permanent secretary Mrs Saipora Mataikabara says that addressing climate change is an urgent priority in the Pacific and countries have consistently highlighted their needs at both regional and international forums.
“The SPC/GIZ programme commenced in 2009 working with Fiji, Tonga and Vanuatu,” she said.
The programme emerged from a request received by SPC through the Heads of Agriculture and Forestry Services (HOAFS) at their 2006 meeting and the initial focus was therefore on land based natural resources such as agriculture, forestry and land use.
Recognising the particular vulnerabilities of Pacific countries, the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany through the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) extended its commitment to support Pacific Island Countries to cope with the effects of climate change.
“It has allocated another €13 million to the already ongoing regional program extending the overall financial envelope to €17.2m based on country requests received during the appraisal mission and the scope of the programme has expanded to also cover fisheries, tourism, energy and education,” Mataikabara added.
Source: Fiji Government online portal
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