The funds will be used to extend the geographical reach of the programme and to broaden the thematic focus to include marine resources, sustainable energy management and tourism.
27 September 2010: The German Agency for Technical Cooperation (GTZ) has announced it will fund the “Coping with Climate Change in the Pacific Island Region” programme. GTZ allocated an additional EUR 10 million to the existing South Pacific Community (SPC)/GTZ Adaptation to Climate Change in the Pacific Islands Region programme, which brings the total financing to EUR 14.2 million and supports the programme until 2015.
According to SPC, the additional funds will allow extension of the programme to the Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, the Solomon Islands and Tuvalu. In addition to the geographical extension, the thematic focus will be broadened to include marine resources, sustainable energy management and tourism. Previously the programme focused exclusively on land-based natural resources.
SPC will remain GTZ’s primary implementation partner, in cooperation with the Secretariat of the Pacific Environment Programme (SPREP). [SPC Press Release]