Economy-wide integration of CC Adaptation and DRM/DRR to reduce climate vulnerability of communities in Samoa

04 Oct 2013

imagePHOTO CREDIT: CLAUDIA ORTIZ
On Friday, the 4th of October, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, together with the United Nations Development Programme in Samoa held a joint event to launch the new “Economy-wide integration of CC Adaptation and DRM/DRR to reduce climate vulnerability of communities in Samoa” project, funded by the Least Developed Countries Fund with a total of 13,500,000 US$.

The main objective of the project is to overcome these challenges to achieve a coordinated and efficient response to climate change that will increase the resilience of our communities. Implemented through the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and administered by the United Nations Development Programme Multi-Country Office of Samoa is the largest LDCF national project in the Pacific, and represents a unique opportunity to coordinate national and international efforts to respond to these challenges. 

This important day of discussions joined together around fifty stakeholders from the most relevant government agencies, private institutions and NGOs and community based organizations to foster country ownership of the project at this very early stage of design of the proposal and to set the path for the development of the project.

This new programme starts in perfect timing to address the threats imposed by the intensifying impacts of climate change, emphasized once more by the climate projections that foresee severe impacts for the South Pacific regions in terms of Sea level Rise and increased average temperatures in the 5th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change, released on the 27th of September.

At the same time, the speech by the Honourable Prime Minister of Samoa during the 68th UN General Assembly two weeks ago and the recent 44th Pacific Island Forum, through the “Majuro Declaration for Climate Leadership” have underlined the urgent need and determination by the Pacific leaders to instigate a “new wave of climate leadership”.

For the development of a full-fledged proposal UNDP and the Government of Samoa, also with the support from ADAPT Asia-Pacific, have brought a team of experts that will work together to draft a detailed programme for this project during the coming months, taking into account all the valuable work already done in country on Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management. This collaborative effort will strengthen once more the partnership between the Government of Samoa and UNDP towards the common intent of enhancing the capacity of local communities to face climate change and natural disaster related threats, transforming them into sustainable growth opportunities.