The Pacific Climate Change Centre (PCCC) organized a training program of “Understanding Access to Climate Finance” in November and December 2020 for the Pacific Islands Countries through the Project for the Capacity Building on Climate Resilience (CBCRP-PCCC) in partnership with the Secretariat of the Pacific Environment Programme (SPREP), the Government of Samoa and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
The training program aims to enhance understanding of requirements and essential concepts of the climate finance, in particular Green Climate Fund (GCF), and strengthen capacity of project planning, proposal development and management. From 12th November to 18th December 2020, the first two parts of the program were delivered: Part 1 “Essential aspects for access to climate finance”; and Part 2 “Gender, social inclusion and safeguards”. The second two parts focusing on project budgeting, planning and management will be implemented in 2022.
The program was supported by Dr. Peter King, the Institute of Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), Ms. Mele Maualaivao and Ms. Lanieta Tokalauvere, UN Women, and Dr. Gregory Barbara, SPREP. In total 45 participants were nominated to this training from 12 countries (FSM, Fiji, Kiribati, RMI, Nauru, Niue, PNG, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu).
Through the self-paced learning, group exercise and virtual consultation, participants learned how to develop problem tree and objective tree as well as logical framework to address a problem from the national climate change strategy. Also, they worked on gender analysis and considered challenges by using model profiles including activity profile, daily activity profile and access and control profile.
After the training, a participant from Kiribati said “I will use and apply knowledge from this training for funding for agriculture-related projects that will help to increase food production at the national level. In addition, knowing gender issues and how to conduct gender assessment/analysis is also important when planning community consultations to ensure that data collected is not biased in the absence of women's participation.”
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]