European Union Invests EUR 9 Million into Pacific Climate Information Services Project

On July 9th, the Intra-ACP Climate Services and Related Applications (ClimSA) project was launched by the European Union at the Pacific Climate Change Center in Apia, Samoa. ClimSA will be used to manage climate risks and encourage sustainable development throughout the Pacific. The European Union has invested approximately EUR 9 million into ClimSA, which will operate from 2021 until 2025.

One of the goals of ClimSA is to improve climate services within the Agriculture and Disaster Risk Reduction sectors. Primary beneficiaries will include the Pacific nations of Kiribati, Samoa, Nauru, and Tonga.

According to a news release published by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), the project is “aimed at strengthening the production, availability, delivery, and application of science-based information, supporting decision-makers.”

ClimSA’s commencement was announced during a virtual meeting for the 10th Anniversary of the Pacific Meteorological Council. The meeting’s attendees included National Meteorological and Hydrological Services, Samoan government representatives, members of the Diplomatic Corps, and many other worldwide climate resilience leaders.

The European Union’s 11th European Development Fund is financing the project, which will be carried out by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) in collaboration with the World Meteorological Organization, the Pacific National Meteorological and Hydrological Services, the European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites, and the European Union’s Joint Research Center.

A virtual signing ceremony was held with SPREP’s Director of the Climate Change Resilience Programme, Tagaloa Cooper, and Sujiro Seam, the European Union’s Pacific Ambassador.

“This project will enhance core services to different sectors, and hopefully, we will see when we review and monitor the impacts of the information and how science can influence the sectors as we continue our duty to building the resilience of the Pacific,” said Cooper. 

Ambassador Seam stated that “With the adoption of its first climate law, the European Union reaffirmed its commitment to carbon neutrality by 2050 in the fight against climate change. In this context, science-based information with reliable data on climate change and climate variability is critical for the Pacific.”

Seam continued, “The new adaptation Strategy adopted by the European Union acknowledges the challenges associated with the adverse effects of climate change, in particular for the most vulnerable countries, and the need to enhance adaptive capacity and climate resilience. The investment of EUR 9 million in the ClimSA project reflects the ambition of the European Union to strengthen resilience and disaster preparedness capacities for Pacific communities.”

A virtual signing ceremony was held with the European Union’s Pacific Ambassador and SPREP’s Director (Source: SPREP).

Source: SPREP

Suzanna DeCosta

Digital Journalist, Pacific Environment Weekly

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