|“It’s fantastic,” said Mrs Faiva. “Even more so that it will be based in SPREP so its only one boat trip from the atolls.”
The PCCC will be funded by the Government of Japan under Grant Aid to the Government of Samoa and Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), with the aim of strengthening the resilience of Pacific countries and territories to climate change. Construction will be tendered in 2017 and the centre is expected to be operational by July 2018.
Mr. Kazunao Shibata, the Japanese Team Leader for the Preparatory Survey Mission believes the PCCC will provide the necessary capacity and capability to address climate change issues in a variety of areas such as “strategic planning, training and demonstration of eco-friendly technologies.”
It sets-up the Centre to become a one-stop Pacific-wide ‘Climate Change’ shop containing all the necessary training and meeting facilities to tackle new technological challenges and developments, especially in the key areas of climate change science and meteorology. It will also hold the status of a World Meteorological (WMO) Regional Climate Centre (RCC) for the Pacific region.
The ‘Pacific climate hub’ role expected of the PCCC means growth and a significant achievement all SPREP members should be thankful for according to Mrs Faiva.
The SPREP complex (above), with the PCCC location indicated (below).
|Mrs Paula Faiva (R) with Su'a William Sio, NZ Member of Parliament (L), Dr Kosi Latu, SPREP Director General (2nd L), and Mr Roger Cornforth, SPREP's Deputy Director at the 'Eye of the Storm' conference in Wellington, NZ, February 2016. Photo F. Tauafiafi.|