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SPREP Signs Host Agreement With Fiji

Government and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) have signed a Host Country Agreement, formalising the establishment of a SPREP office in Fiji. This office hosts the
14 Jun 2016 09:41
SPREP Signs Host Agreement With Fiji

Government and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) have signed a Host Country Agreement, formalising the establishment of a SPREP office in Fiji.

This office hosts the Pacific Ecosystem-based Adaptation to Climate Change (PEBACC) project which focuses on strengthening and protecting the role of natural ecosystem services to enhance resilience with activities in Fiji, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.  The five year project which began last year is funded by the German Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) and is implemented by SPREP.

The office in Suva supports the three-country project, and complements the field offices in the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. Fiji-based staff includes the PEBACC project manager, national project officer, communications officer, and finance and administration officer.

“This is a special occasion for SPREP and our members as we work with our Pacific islands to enhance their natural solutions to build resilience against the impacts of climate change,” said Mr  Kosi Latu, Director General of SPREP.

The Fiji component of the project is gearing up to conduct Ecosystem and Socio-economic Resilience Analysis and Mappings (ESRAM) at the project sites of Macuata Province and Taveuni Island.

ESRAMS will facilitate a deeper understanding of resilience and vulnerability by focusing on the inter-connectedness between social and ecological systems and how these are being impacted by climate and non-climate drivers. The ESRAMs will be conducted by Watershed Professionals Network (WPN) – a multidisciplinary team of scientists – who are teaming up with locally based cultural expert Simione Tuimalega.

National government counterparts in Fiji include the Ministry of Finance, Climate Change Division and the Ministry of Local Government, Housing, Environment, Infrastructure and Transport.

 

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