27SM Niue News: Niue hosts presentation of pioneering, innovative online climate change tools for the pacific

New innovative online tools to help Pacific islands with Climate Finance and Adaptation Planning that will be made available on the Pacific Climate Change Portal, were presented at the Twenty-seventh SPREP Meeting in Niue.

These were developed by Griffith University for the Pacific Climate Change Portal under a partnership between Griffith University and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) made possible through the Australian Government's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) funded Pacific iCLIM Project and the GIZ Coping with Climate Change in the Pacific Islands Region Project.

"The Climate Finance Tool will help Pacific governments to better understand the world of 'climate finance' let users know what funds are available, their requirements, and processes," said Professor Brendan Mackey, Director of the Griffith Climate Change Response Program.

Neta and JaanaSPREP's Director of Climate Chage, Dr Netatua Pelesikoti, with Jaana Dielenberg of Pacific iCLIM.
Photo: SPREP

"The Adaption Planning Tool will help planners to identify new project ideas that align with national priorities and guide project planners through the process of developing their initial concept into a fully detailed project proposal."

The Pacific iCLIM Project promotes a regional approach to climate change data and information, by improving the ability of Pacific governments and organisations to discover, store, access and utilise climate change information and data, Pacific iCLIM will help to enable better climate change resilience and adaptation planning the Pacific Region. It is implemented by Griffith University in collaboration with SPREP and the Governments of Tonga, Fiji and Vanuatu.

"To our knowledge, this is the very first time such online tools have been made available for our Pacific islands and we are excited by the positive benefits and impacts they can help to bring about," said Dr Netatua Pelesikoti, Director of Climate Change, SPREP.

Niue SPREP MeetingThe 27th SPREP Meeting in Niue. Photo: SPREP

"These are also a testament to the strong partnerships in place to help make this happen. As we often hear from SPREP – to go fast you go alone, but to go farther you go together. In this instance we are all moving forward, together. We look forward to the changes we tools can bring."

The Pacific iCLIM Project side event was held on Thursday, 22 September, 2016. To visit the Pacific Climate Change Portal: www.pacificclimatechange.net

The 27th SPREP Meeting was hosted in Niue from 19 – 22 September, 2016. It began with the Pacific Environment Forum which was held on 17 September, 2016The 27th SPREP Meeting is hosted in Niue from 19 – 22 September, 2016.
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