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Dr Wulf Killmann farewelled and GIZ’s first Coordinator in the Pacific welcomed

PRESS RELEASE

Suva, Fiji June 2, 2018 Close to 100 diplomats, high-ranking Government officials and representatives from regional and international organisations gathered on Saturday night to farewell Dr Wulf Killmann, GIZ’s Director of the Coping with Climate Change in the Pacific Island Region (CCCPIR) programme.

The event also coincided with the welcome of James Macbeth, GIZ’s first Coordinator in the Pacific Island Region who was previously GIZ Country Director for Kosovo and Macedonia.

Assessments as well as draft solar system designs for seven target institutions carried out in Kiribati

May 30, 2018 Kiribati Leading up to the installation of solar energy systems on three remote islands in Kiribati two teams of technical advisors undertook extensive consultations on the islands and compiled baseline energy, gender needs assessments as well as draft solar system designs for seven target institutions.

The teams from the Government of Kiribati, the Pacific Community (SPC) and the EU-GIZ ACSE Programme travelled to Teraina and Tabuaeran Islands to complete this assignment.

 

Revised Energy Road Map for Nauru to contribute to a sustainable quality of life for her people

April 2018. Nauru has a revised 2018-2020 Energy Road Map to reconfirm national commitment, improve the sustainability of energy use through renewable energy and upscale energy efficiency to contribute to a sustainable quality of life for her people.

Nauru one of the world’s smallest and remotest country imports all its fuel it consumes with the annual cost volatile to its economy as global oil prices soar.

Nauru President and Minister for Commerce, Industry and Environment, Hon.

Vanuatu becomes World Leader on Private Sector Climate Change Finance Engagement

PRESS RELEASE

April 20, 2018 Port Vila Vanuatu has become the first country in the Pacific to host a tradeshow linking the private sector with Government and international climate change financiers with a goal to enhance relationship between Vanuatu’s private sector and accredited entities to major climate funds and promote private – public relationships.

Co-hosted by the Vanuatu Ministry of Climate Change facilitated by 11 accredited entities, delivery partners and donor partner agencies,

EU-GIZ ACSE project in the Republic of the Marshall Islands provides drinking water to students and community of Gugegwe

JOINT PRESS RELEASE

April 19, 2018 Republic of the Marshall Islands Three hundred and sixty students of Kwajalein Atoll High School (KAHS) have now improved access to reliable and proper potable water. KAHS is located on the island of Gugegwe; however, the majority of students commute from the island of Ebeye.

The school is also a designated emergency evacuation centre, which during droughts will provide additional water supply for the adjacent community of Gugegwe with a population of approximately 240 people.

UK Government injects further £1.2m into Regional Pacific Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) Hub

JOINT PRESS RELEASE

 LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM, April 18, 2018 At the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London, UK Minister of State for Energy and Clean Growth Claire Perry has announced £1.2m (approximately F$3.5m) of further UK funding to support Pacific Island countries with the implementation of their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), through the Regional Pacific NDC Hub that will be based in Suva, Fiji.

The UK funding announcement comes as part of the Commonwealth Summit’s focus on moving ‘Towards a Common Future’ that is fair,

Six farmer groups in Timor Leste now have five ferro-cement rainwater harvesting tanks

Six farmer groups in Timor Leste now have five ferro-cement rainwater harvesting tanks with the capacity to hold ten thousand litres of water to help extend their production season through the EU-GIZ ACSE Programme.

This amount of water will provide the four aldeias of Suco Daudere which are Aelafe, Nasuloi, Macalodo and Raumoco with water requirements for gardens and farms for up to 400 square metres of area  a week.

The areas, which have been affected by droughts as result of the changing climate,

Pacific Youths to be heard on Climate Change at Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Action

March 21, 2018. Suva Fiji Youths from the Pacific will for the first time be heard at the Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Action through a ninety-minute COP23/GIZ Pacific Voices in Unison live event from the capital of Fiji, Suva, to Bonn Germany on March 22, 2018.

Following the inspirational stories of their resilience against the effects of climate change shared by the Pacific Voices in Unison at major events at COP23, the youths were invited to share their voices at the Festival.

The 3rd Regional Pacific Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) Dialogue and consultations on the Regional Pacific NDC Hub to get underway in Suva

In support of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, Pacific Island Countries outlined NDCs to transition to resilient, low-carbon economies will provide an opportunity for Pacific Island Countries’ to share experiences and needs on the implementation of their NDCs.

Countries, partners, regional organisations, private sector and civil society organisations will also provide input to the establishment of the Regional Pacific NDC Hub – a regional arm of the NDC Partnership. The NDC Hub is a direct outcome of Fiji’s COP23 Presidency.

A “Green Buffer Zone” to ensure coastal protection and food security to communities in Western Tongatapu is underway

A “Green Buffer Zone” in western Tongatapu is being strengthened under the EU-GIZ ACSE Coastal Protection Trials project as the team works with local communities to add an additional seven hectares of coastal mangrove and other forest types to the area.

Following a prescribed replanting plan, some 2,368 people across the communities of Fo’ui, Ha’avakatolo, Kolovai and ‘Ahau stand to benefit from re-forestation efforts. These coastal forests provide shelter against flooding caused by storm surge as well as food,