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October 10, 2013 by admin
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When resources, technology and knowledge are exchanged between developing countries, this is known as 'South–South Cooperation'.

In an ground-breaking example, Dr Kenrick Leslie, Executive Director of the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (known as the 5Cs), led a team of experts from the Caribbean to visit SPREP in Samoa this week.

'Like the Pacific Islands, the Caribbean islands are small in size, vulnerable to climate change and the lives of our people are based on utilising natural resources.' said Dr. Leslie.

The key purpose of this exchange is for the two organisations to learn from each other and strengthen collaboration, building on an existing Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2011.

Photo: SPREP Director General David Sheppard & Dr Kenrick Leslie of the
Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre

Over the last 5 years the 5Cs has executed over 16 climate change projects in the Caribbean, funded to a value of approximately US $45 million. Much of this work has been similar to what SPREP has been undertaking in the Pacific. Both organisations are also implementing 'Ecosystem based Adaptation' projects that better manage the protection of nature as a 'front line' climate change.

The 5Cs and SPREP both emphasise the economics aspects of climate change through the use of cost-benefit-analysis of climate change adaptation projects and livelihood studies that examine crucial areas such as how projects may improve household incomes.

Upon meeting SPREP's very own Easter Richards, who moved from the Caribbean region to work in Samoa, Dr. Leslie said 'we were pleasantly surprised to see we have a Caribbean colleague on the staff at SPREP from Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. When I next visit St. Vincent, I will have to tell the Prime Minister that I meet one of your citizens working in Samoa for SPREP!''

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Photo: Easter Richards , Solid Waste Management Adviser at SPREP,
is from Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in the Caribbean.

SPREP appreciates the opportunity to learn from the 5Cs and looks forward to more opportunities where the Pacific region can benefit from 'South–South Cooperation'. The member countries of SPREP have a great deal to gain from their counterparts in other Island nations around the World.

For more information please visit the SPREP and the 5Cs visit websites: and

Press contact: Carlo Iacovino, SPREP Climate Change Communications Officer, [email protected]