Helping Pacific Governments Make Climate-Resilient Investments

Release date: 

Feb 7 2014

Building on the success of the ongoing "Economics of Climate Change Adaptation" training program, the USAID Adapt Asia-Pacific Project is partnering with the United Nations Development Program and others, including GiZ, Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, Secretariat of the Pacific Community, Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme, and University of the South Pacific to provide vital economic analysis assistance to governments in the Pacific region. This "Pacific Cost-Benefit Analysis Initiative" aims to address the needs of Pacific governments to use cost-benefit analysis together with data on potential climate impacts to better prioritize, design and implement climate-resilient projects and policies. A three-day planning meeting was held in Suva, Fiji from January 29 to 31, during which representatives from seven Pacific island countries reflected on lessons learned from past training programs, both in Asia and the Pacific, identified their respective government’s training needs, and considered various options for training course design, delivery, and sustainability. By the end of the meeting, each country prepared and presented its training work plan including recommended case study projects, preferred type and duration of courses, individuals to be targeted for training, and potential sustainability arrangements. The participants will refine these work plans by mid-February while the partners begin initial course designs and preparation of materials.