Vanuatu and Samoa amongst new Green Climate Fund grants for the Pacific


imageA USD$23 million grant for a Climate Information Services for Resilient Development project has been approved for Vanuatu by the Green Climate Fund.  This was one of three projects approved for the Pacific islands region this week.

A USD$57 million grant was approved for a project in Samoa with UNDP for integrated flood management to enhance climate resilience of the Vaisigano river catchment.

A USD$22 Million grant for a multi-country renewable energy programme with the Asian Development Bank with a focus on Cook Islands, and support for the Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Papua New Guinea, Samoa and Tonga was also approved

“This is a great achievement for the Pacific islands as a whole,” sai Kosi Latu, Director General of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP).

“Resourcing to help our Pacific islands cope with the impacts of climate change and transition away from dirty and expensive fossil fuels is needed. Having these three projects approved will make a real difference. I congratulate all parties involved in making this happen with the GCF and look forward to seeing more projects like this in the future.”

Vanuatu’s Climate Information Services for Resilient Development project will support ongoing resilient development in Vanuatu through capacity development for effective application of climate information in development planning and implementation.

The project has a focus on addressing information gaps and priority needs of target beneficiaries at national, provincial and local community levels across five sectors: tourism, agriculture, infrastructure, water and fisheries. Read more.