The 2nd Joint Coordination Committee (JCC) meeting of the Project for the Capacity Building on Climate Resilience in the Pacific at the Pacific Climate Change Centre (CBCRP-PCCC) was held virtually on 8 December 2020. CBCRP-PCCC is implemented in partnership with the Secretariat of the Pacific Environment Programme (SPREP), the Government of Samoa and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to operationalize the training function of the PCCC since July 2019. The representatives from partner agencies joined the meeting to review the progress since the 1st JCC meeting in February 2020 and discuss the revised training schedule in 2021-2022 as well as sustainability of the project outcomes looking beyond the project period.
Ms. Desna Solofa, Assistant Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Samoa, who chaired the meeting, emphasized the importance of the partnerships with SPREP and JICA and continued efforts for capacity building not only to Samoa but also the whole Pacific under the COVID-19 pandemic during the opening remarks.
Mr. Kosi Latu, Director General of SPREP said “the project was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic but it made the project to think ways of training delivery differently and eventually we delivered virtual training on climate science in September. Now we are delivering the third training program on access to climate finance, which is a testament that we are resilience and innovative. Also, the PCCC is now working with the newly assigned PCCC Manager, Ms. Ofa Kaisamy, and developing an E-learning platform for delivering online services, which will create a synergy with the CBCRP-PCCC.”
Mr. Akihiro Miyazaki, Deputy Director General, Group Director for Environmental Management / Director, Office for Climate Change, JICA, emphasized the importance of sustainability of the project. “Though implementing both on-site training and virtual training is good achievement, we have to start thinking about how to sustain the training outcomes for strengthening the training function of the PCCC.”
The meeting reviewed the activities in 2020, and agreed the schedule of training programs in 2021-2022 l including disaster risk reduction, ecosystem, food security (agriculture and fisheries), health, tourism, water as well as access to climate finance.
For further information on the range of training conducted at the PCCC through the Project for the Capacity Building on Climate Resilience in the Pacific at the Pacific Climate Change Centre please contact [email protected]