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Fiji

Regional Training Workshop on Developing Concept Notes for the Green Climate Fund: Urban Climate Resilience in Pacific Small Islands Developing States

17-21 June 2024

Fiji

BACKGROUND
 

The Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific of the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT RRC.AP) plays a pivotal role in supporting climate change adaptation efforts in developing countries across the region, aligning with their commitment to achieving the objectives of the Paris Agreement. AIT RRC.AP focuses on capacity-building and knowledge-sharing programs, particularly in the areas of climate finance and the Green Climate Fund Simplified Approval Process, with support from the Ministry of Environment, Government of Japan (MoEJ) along with partnerships with a variety of organizations with expertise in climate action planning, which includes the Secretariat of the Green Climate Fund (GCF). In its pursuit of enhancing resilience, AIT RRC.AP prioritizes initiatives that address city resilience and disaster risk reduction.

 

This approach is embedded in the ten essentials outlined by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction for creating resilient cities and aligns with the Making Cities Resilient 2030 campaign. These initiatives have attracted over 1,000 participants from nearly 40 countries across the region, contributing significantly to the advancement of climate resilience in urban areas.


The  28th Conference of the Parties (COP28) held in Dubai focused on the challenges faced by Pacific Small Islands Developing States (PSIDS) in accessing climate finance, under the theme "Accessing Climate Finance – Supply and Demand Side Challenges for Pacific Small Islands Developing States." The GCF, with eight years of operational experience, highlighted its enhanced commitment to global solidarity and support for the Pacific region. The notable accomplishments were shared such as the approval of 23 projects in priority sectors for the Pacific, mobilizing a total of 949 million USD, with 363 million USD in co-financing.


A significant development arising from COP28 is the introduction of a revised Readiness program, effective from 2024 onwards, eliminating annual caps. This transformative change empowers countries to individually access up to 4 million USD over the period 2024-2027, aligning the Readiness program more effectively with addressing capacity challenges and streamlining project submissions to both the GCF and other donors. Furthermore, a novel approach allocates up to 1 million USD from the Readiness program to directly enhance the capacity of direct access entities (DAEs). This innovative strategy is poised to further strengthen the foundation for climate action and sustainable development across the region.

 

Urban Climate Change Resilience in The Pacific Small Islands Developing States

The Pacific Small Island Developing States (PSIDS) have a relatively small land area while being in the world's largest ocean, which occupies almost one-third of the world's land mass.  Pacific island countries and areas are among the most vulnerable in the world to the impacts of climate change facing rising sea levels, extreme weather events, and disruptions to ecosystems. PSIDS are experiencing a myriad of climate-related impacts, disrupting traditional livelihoods, threatening food security, and compromising the integrity of their ecosystems. The rise in sea levels poses an existential threat, with many low-lying islands facing the risk of submersion. Extreme weather events, such as cyclones and typhoons, are becoming more frequent and intense, causing extensive damage to infrastructure, and jeopardizing the safety and well-being of the population.


The global assistance in the Pacific region has not effectively increased awareness or prompted appropriate and enduring measures for adaptation. Regional organizations through representing national concerns have predominantly responded reactively rather than proactively in shaping agendas for environmental sustainability. Despite generally aligning with global concerns about climate change, the Pacific national governments have struggled to involve their citizens in adaptation strategies.


In recognition of the unique challenges faced by PSIDS, concerted efforts are being made at the global level to address climate change and build resilience in these vulnerable regions. The urgency to address these issues has led to increased international efforts, with the Green Climate Fund (GCF) standing out as a crucial financial mechanism designed to support developing countries in their climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies.


While the GCF holds significant promise for PSIDS, accessing and effectively utilizing its resources presents a complex challenge. PSIDS often encounter barriers related to limited institutional capacity, technical expertise, and understanding of the intricate GCF processes. The development of bankable projects that align with the GCF's criteria, navigating the proposal submission process, and ensuring effective project implementation requires a comprehensive understanding of climate finance mechanisms. Bridging this knowledge gap is imperative to unlock the full potential of GCF funding for PSIDS.


Recognizing the urgency of building capacity and fostering a comprehensive understanding of the GCF policies and procedures among stakeholders in PSIDS, a targeted training workshop becomes an essential intervention. Such a workshop would serve as a platform to empower government officials, climate practitioners, project developers, and representatives from civil society with the necessary knowledge and skills to navigate the GCF funding effectively.

 

By enhancing understanding, fostering collaboration, and providing practical tools for project development, this workshop seeks to catalyze transformative change in the climate resilience initiatives of PSIDS. In this landscape, AIT RRC.AP under the patronage of MOEJ and partnering with The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), Fiji intends to undertake this GCF Concept Note Regional Training for PSIDS.

OBJECTIVES
 

With an ultimate vision of increasing finance flows for urban climate change resilience, the training intends to build and strengthen capacities among stakeholders involved in climate change adaptation project design to develop quality concept notes to seek climate finance, particularly from the Green Climate Fund.  The objectives include the following:

  • To enhance the expertise of officers engaged in the design of climate change adaptation projects to effectively conceptualize project ideas and secure climate finance, with a particular focus on the Green Climate Fund.

  • To establish and reinforce networks among practitioners to facilitate collaborations and partnerships that contribute to shared goals in enhancing resilience.

  • To collaboratively devise strategies for advancing urban climate change resilience, emphasizing utilizing climate finance opportunities from the Green Climate Fund.
     

PARTNERS

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For any queries regarding the training workshop, please contact: Hnin Lai Win <Hnin.Win@rrcap.ait.ac.th>

AGENDA

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