As the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted travel so has the need for innovation and continued delivery of services where possible. SPREP is working with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) experts to investigate the most effective alternative ways to deliver such services.
“We are confident in the effectiveness of the use of virtual platforms to deliver impactful and meaningful training for the Pacific Island countries and territories” said Tagaloa Cooper, Director for the CCR Programme.
Two virtual training modules will be delivered virtually in 2020: the first training module on Climate Science planned in September; and the second module will focus on Access to Climate Finance in November and December.
The timeframe and modality of delivery has been revisited based on the COVID-19 pandemic status. The previous face-to-face training in the Pacific Climate Change Centre (PCCC) could support travels of only two participants per country, however the virtual training will expand its capacity to five per country and territory.
“We will miss the casual talanoa during tea time and field trips, however the participants of the virtual training will be able to use their time efficiently by self-paced-learning with support from rich materials and documents prepared for the training” said Masako Ogawa, JICA expert of the Capacity Building on Climate Resilience in the Pacific (CBCRP).
It is expected that the larger group of participants from Pacific island countries and territories will enhance future collaboration and create new actions and co-benefits.
The 2021-2022 training modules will include disaster risk reduction, ecosystem, water, health, tourism, transport infrastructure, as well as access to climate finance. The participating countries and territories will be advised of the detailed schedule in due course.
For further information on the CBCRP PCCC trainings contact the project team at [email protected]