"THERE IS AN URGENT NEED FOR US TO STRENGTHEN OUR SECTORAL PRIORITISATION THROUGH RATIONAL ANALYSIS SO WE KNOW WHERE TO TARGET OUR EFFORTS. THIS IS IMPORTANT TO STRENGTHEN OUR POLICY AND LEGISLATIVE FRAMEWORK, INSTITUTIONAL AND COORDINATION ARRANGEMENTS AND TO ENHANCE ENVIRONMENTAL STABILITY AND IMPROVE CLIMATE AND DISASTER RESILIENCE.” FRANCES REUPENA – ASSISTANT CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, ENVIRONMENT SECTOR DIVISION, MINISTRY OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENT, SAMOA
Representatives of Pacific Island governments will attend a Pacific Regional Workshop held by the joint UNDP-UN Environment National Adaptation Plan Global Support Programme (NAP-GSP) on how to appraise and prioritise climate change adaptation options from 28-31 May 2018 in Nadi, Fiji. With the goal to strengthen their national adaptation planning, the workshop will focus on the application of technical tools and methods for selecting priority actions to reduce vulnerability.
Adaptation planning on the edge
Climate change is already affecting societies and almost all economic sectors in the Pacific Islands, including water resources, food security, natural ecosystems and livelihoods. When the challenge is immense and resources are limited, prioritising the multitude of ‘adaptation options’ is key for advancing adaptation planning and implementation.
"UNDP, together with UN Environment and our programme partners, are responding to an expressed need from our Pacific island countries to build capacity for adaptation prioritisation. Effective and country ownership of adaptation options is crucial to developing robust National Adaptation Plans, and building resilience." Yvette Kerslake, Assistant Resident Representative – Environment, Energy & Climate Change, UNDP MCO Samoa, Cook Islands, Niue and Tokelau
Prioritising climate change options means making tough and strategic decisions about where to invest finite resources and which sector to focus on. There is also a degree of uncertainty about climate change impacts in the Pacific - due in part to limited climate data, as well as a lack of understanding on the effects in specific sectors.
Pacific countries have called for a ‘skilling up’ of their approaches to adaptation prioritisation.
The training is an activity under the joint UNDP-UN Environment National Adaptation Plan Global Support Programme (NAP-GSP), funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF). It will be facilitated by Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and experts from other organisations and the Pacific region, including the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Korea Environment Institute (KEI).