PIF and USP launch joint courses on climate change and resilience


Friday 25 February, Suva – A series of short courses aimed at building the capacity of climate change and resilience practitioners was jointly launched by the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) and the University of the South Pacific (USP) this week . Starting Wednesday, February 23, the virtual short courses will allow over 200 participants, including youth and private sector representatives, to better understand the Framework for Resilient Development in the Pacific (FRDP). and a comprehensive set of tools to help stakeholders obtain grants not only by writing proposals, but also by reporting activity and managing the project.

On behalf of the participants, Ms. Lavenia Naivalu, one of the participants from Fiji, said: “As a representative of women from a very remote community here in the maritime areas of Fiji, I could not believe that I would be selected. . Because I had this opportunity, I want to thank you for this great opportunity, and I learned a lot as a beginner in this program.

PIFS Director for Programs and Initiatives, Zarak Khan, emphasized in his opening remarks that the need for capacity building should not be underestimated as a key factor in continuously improving our approaches and efforts. He further underlined that by doing so, he should reinforce the quality of our actions and its impacts. He encouraged all participants to use and share the skills learned to develop practical and tangible solutions through quality project proposals and project management for their respective agencies, communities and networks that will enhance resilience building. in the Pacific.

Gabor Sasvari, European Union Program Manager – Climate Change and Human Mobility, praised the diversity of participants benefiting from the short training.

“Looking at the list of participants, I’m really happy to see how diverse it is. Ranging from government to NGOs, private sectors and stakeholders,” he said, noting the support of the European Union to the region through the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change and Resilience Building, the Pacific-European Union Marine Partnership and Global Climate Change Alliance More – Scaling Pacific adaptation projects capture the wide range of resilience in the region and this capacity building is part of increased engagement in these areas.

“As a member of the Pacific Resilience Partnership, the Australian Government is proud to support the implementation of the FRDP. Australia is a long-term committed partner in building Pacific resilience to climate change and disasters and is pleased to see so many diverse stakeholders engaging with the FRDP to build resilience in their areas. respective,” said Ms. Emi Tag, Acting Director, Pacific Climate Change Section, DFAT.

This initiative is supported by the Australian Government through the Pacific Resilience Partnership (PRP) Implementation Support Grant, and the European Union through the intra-ACP GCCA+ Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change and Resilience Building (PACRES) and Pacific-European Union Marine Partnership (PEUMP).

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