February 20, 2017
On February 17, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a grant agreement (G/A) with the Government of the Independent State of Samoa in Apia, the capital city, to provide grant aid of up to 962 million yen for the Project for Construction of the Pacific Climate Change Center.
The project will create a Pacific Climate Change Center (PCCC) at the main office of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) in Samoa. The PCCC will function as a base for human resource training in the field of climate change in Oceania to improve the resiliency of the region to environmental and climate change.
The small island states spread around Oceania are extremely vulnerable to natural disasters, such as cyclones and El Niño. There are concerns that the frequency and intensity of natural disasters will increase in the future due to rising sea levels and droughts as climate change progresses. Therefore, providing a base in the region for strengthening countermeasures against climate change and disaster risk, and training human resources for that sector are priorities.
SPREP, which is the executing agency of the project, is an international organization headquartered in Samoa and composed of 26 countries and regions in Oceania. Activities of the agency include formulating and implementing climate change adaptation and mitigation measures, and providing information in the international arena. It was expected that SPREP would, as a human resource training base in Oceania, develop human resources capable of addressing new challenges such as strengthening the access that countries have to the Green Climate Fund* and promoting aid coordination. Lacking a training facility with adequate physical capacity and equipment, however, SPREP has not been able to implement such training.
By building the PCCC at SPREP, the project will make it possible for about 1,400 government officials and development project staff members from countries in Oceania to participate in training each year, and it is hoped that these human resources will contribute to measures to fight climate change in Oceania.
* A multilateral fund based on the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change for supporting measures to eliminate (mitigate) greenhouse gas emissions in developing countries and address (adapt to) the effects of climate change.
|Country||Independent State of Samoa|
|Project title||The Project for Construction of the Pacific Climate Change Center|
|Planned implementation period||Construction: 24 months, including detailed design work and the bidding period|
|Executing agency||Ministry of Finance of the Independent State of Samoa, Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme|
|Target region, facilities||Pacific Climate Change Center|
|Specific project details (provisional)||1. Facility improvements, equipment procurement
Pacific Climate Change Center, designed with environmentally-friendly measures and including training and multipurpose rooms, a climate change measures control office, solar panels and an energy monitoring system
Electronic blackboards, projectors, automated retracting projection screens, computers, plotter, data storage server, other
2. Consulting services
Detailed design work, bidding assistance, construction supervision