Dear SPREP Members and Partners,
This year’s Pacific Climate Change Roundtable (PCCR) meeting will be hosted in Apia, Samoa from 11 to 13 May, 2015. We are pleased to acknowledge the support of our partners of inter-governmental regional organisations and development partners, and the generous financial support of Switzerland. A closed preparatory meeting for the UNFCCC negotiations in June will also be held for the Pacific Island Countries from 14 to 15 May, 2015.
The PCCR is a bi-annual meeting of regional and national governments, organisations and donors
involved in climate change activities in the Pacific region. It is the premier forum in our region to share ideas on climate change and to ensure coordination in support of Pacific Island Countries and
Territories (PICTs) efforts on climate change.
The main objectives of the 2015 PCCR will be to:
- update the region on the latest climate change science and climate change finance issues and their implications for the region and the FCCC negotiations;
- review the implementation of the Pacific Islands Framework for Action on Climate Change (PIFACC) against agreed indicators provided in its M&E framework;
- facilitate and provide mechanisms for strengthening networking, partnerships and collaborations among Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs) and their partners in the area of climate change as a cross cutting area impacting on sustainable development in the region; and
- a session on the new Strategy for Climate and Disaster Resilient Development Plan (SRDP)
The 2015 PCCR is a very crucial platform as it will determine overall progress, and consider how the combined PIFACC and the Regional Disaster Risk Management Framework for Action (RDRM) into the Strategy for Climate and Disaster Resilient Development Plan (SRDP) will be implemented by the climate change community. This single regional strategy will encompass all climate change and natural disaster issues from 2015 onwards, when both PIFACC and RDRM expire.
The PCCR will also provide Pacific Island Countries delegations to the Paris Conference of the Parties with further relevant information to guide their decision making. It will also guide requests to development partners, including the financial mechanism of the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC) in terms of emerging issues or trends. The PCCR will identify emerging gaps requiring priority action and make adjustments to existing activities to accommodate priorities in future. The regional organisations will, where necessary, provide support and a coordinating role for regional and international reporting.
All information relating to the PCCR as it becomes available, will be posted on the Pacific Climate
Change Portal website at www.pacificclimatechange.net/index.php/pccr . The venue in Samoa will be communicated once confirmed and a draft agenda is attached.
Please note that limited side event slots will be made available at the PCCR, which will provide opportunities for showcasing relevant climate change programmes. Organisations wishing to host a side event should register their interest no later than Friday 20 March to Ms. Joyce Tulua
We welcome all of our focal points and partners to this key regional climate change meeting. The SPREP focal points for the PCCR are the Director of Climate Change, Dr. Netatua Pelesikoti
and the Climate Change Adviser, Mr. Espen Ronneberg
. Please contact them directly for further information and/or assistance.
We welcome you to Samoa and look forward to your participation in the 2015 Pacific Climate Roundtable.
Pacific Climate Change Roundtable Stresses Building Resilience through Collaboration
IISD SIDS Policy and Practice 5 July 2013: The Pacific Climate Change Roundtable (PCCR) brought together over 100 participants and focused on building resilience to climate change through collaboration. The Roundtable was one of a series of Pacific regional meetings for disaster risk management and climate change.
The PCCR, which convened from 3-5 July 2013, in Nadi, Fiji, aimed to strengthen coordination of regional organizations to support regional climate change priorities. Roundtable sessions addressed: increased resilience against climate change impacts and disaster risks; innovative tools for adaptation and mitigation; the “Green and Blue economy” and sustainable development; and climate financing.
According to David Sheppard, Director-General of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), the PCCR is “the premiere climate change coordination mechanism for the Pacific.” In his closing statement, Sheppard highlighted key points emphasized at the Roundtable, including the need for: good science, while ensuring it builds on and reinforces traditional knowledge, and is available to those that need it most, particularly managers on the ground; balance between adaptation and mitigation, and, within adaptation, between infrastructure and nature-based options; resolving critical 'non-climate change' environmental and associated social issues, such as resource depletion, invasive species, and land and marine management; and a greater awareness of the urgency facing the region regarding climate change and associated impacts, such as sea level rise.
Also highlighted during the meeting was the Pacific Climate Change Portal, an information hub to strengthen understanding of climate change issues that features an events calendar, directory of experts, image library, and the Pacific Climate Change Projects Database, which is still under development.
The PCCR was established to coordinate climate change dialogue and networking in the region, and facilitate linking global and regional stakeholders with national and community levels. It is coordinated by SPREP in partnership with the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), among others.
The 2nd meeting of the Pacific Meteorological Council (PMC) convened from 1-5 July. The PMC is a subsidiary body of SPREP, which is coordinated by SPREP and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). It plays a critical role in enhancing and developing weather, water and climate services in the Pacific region. The meeting agreed on actions to achieve the goals of the 2012-2021 Pacific Islands Meteorological Strategy, and strengthen coordination between national meteorological services and development partners.
In addition to the PCCR and the PMC, the following meetings convened: the Pacific Regional Water and Sanitation Consultations (1-3 July); 19th Regional Disasters Managers Meeting (1-3 July); and the Strategic Alliance Meeting of Pacific Islands Disaster, Fire and Emergency Services and Police (3-5 July).
This series of events will culminate with the first-ever Joint Meeting of the Pacific Platform for Disaster Risk Management and PCCR meeting from 8-11 July 2013. [Website for Pacific Regional Meetings for Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change] [SPREP Website] [SPC Website] [Pacific Climate Change Portal]