SPREP’s Climate Change Division (CCD) is made up of three programmes (1) Adaptation; (2) Mitigation; and (3) Policy and Science.
The work of the CCD is directed by the SPREP Strategic Plan 2011-2015 based on the climate change priorities of SPREP Members and consistent with the Pacific Islands Framework for Action on Climate Change 2006-2015 (PIFACC) and other relevant and approved policy drivers such as the Pacific Plan and the Framework for Action on Disaster Risk Management.
SPREP's three (broad) climate change strategic priorities for 2011-2015 are:
- Implementing adaptation measures;
- Improving members’ capacity, knowledge and understanding of climate change, and risk reduction; and
- Contributing to global greenhouse gas reduction
Under Adaptation, the CCD executes one of the region’s biggest projects, the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change Project in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The PACC Project coordinates national ‘on the ground’ implementation activities in 14 Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs) to help them adapt to climate change in three main areas – food security and production, coastal zone management and water resource management. The project is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) with support from the United Nations Institute for Training and Research Climate Change Capacity Development (UNITAR C3D+) Programme.
Other activities under the Division’s Adaptation Programme include mainstreaming climate change into national development and budget planning processes; development of National Climate Change Policies; National Adaptation Programmes of Action (NAPA); development of Joint National Action Plans on Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management (JNAP); and knowledge management through the climate change portal in partnership with SPC, GIZ, UNDP and other CROP
Under Mitigation, SPREP CCD looks after another major project, the Pacific Islands Greenhouse Gas Abatement and Renewable Energy Project (PIGGAREP), a Global Environment Facility (GEF) and UNDP product regionally executed by SPREP in 11 participating PICTS. The project is promoting the productive use of renewable energy to reduce green house gas emissions by removing major barriers to the widespread and cost effective use of commercially viable renewable energy technologies.
In Policy and Science, SPREP’s CCD is providing support to PICT’s national communications preparations, Pacific Islands Framework for Action on Climate Change (PIFACC) implementation and their participation in negotiations at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties (COP) annual subsidiary bodies meetings.
The Division is also involved in capacity development to conduct applied research, fostering meteorology, climatology and oceanic observation and monitoring programmes to improve understanding, awareness, and application of targeted responses to climate change and related disaster risk reduction through the Pacific Islands Geological Oceanic Observing System (PIGOOS) and the Pacific Islands Geological Climate Observing System (PIGCOS) in partnership with partners such as NIWA (New Zealand), Bureau of Meteorology (Australia), Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Finish Meteorology .In the context of ensuring regional coordination and collaboration in supporting PICTs in responding to climate change, CCD is engaging with other Council of Regional Organisations in the Pacific (CROP) in the Working Arm of CROP CEOs Climate Change Sub-Committee and other regional partnerships such as the Pacific Climate Change Roundtable (PCCR) in order to serve PICTs better.