The Pacific Climate Change Centre (PCCC) was the focus of a special event at the UN Climate talks in Marrakech this week.

Some highlights of the special event also saw panelists from the Governments of Australia, Fiji and Vanuatu as well as the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) outline their climate change work in the Pacific, and how the PCCC can help add value.

Vanuatu represented the National Meteorological Services in the region with a presentation on capacity needs in the Pacific region and gaps that the PCCC will address.

“SPREP is now working with us, supporting the National Meteorological Services of the Pacific islands region, but we have many more capacity building needs.

The centre will give us some direction on how to address issues in the region, especially on climate science,” said Mr. Philip Malsale, representing

the Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-Hazards Department.

The PCCC is to be the shared regional climate hub, for inclusive collaboration and coordination to address and meet adaptation and

mitigation priorities of Pacific island countries and territories.

It was during the special event titled Climate resilient deve lopment in SIDS: Opportunities provided by the Pacific Climate Change Centre

that panelists presented from the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), the Japanese Internat ional Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Government of Samoa.

The PCCC is funded by the Government of Japan in partnership with the

Government of Samoa and SPREP. It will be built at the SPREP Campus in Apia, Samoa, and is planned to be completed come mid-2018.

Vanuatu continues to play a major role in addressing and advocating for scale up funding for many areas including capacity development in the region.

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