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GCF reaches out to northern people

Friday July 27, 2018 Written by Published in Economy

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) team in the Cook Islands has been meeting up with people from the northern group here for Te Maeva Nui celebrations, to consult with them regarding the development of the country programme.

GCF’s lead consultant Elizabeth Wright-Koteka said they held consultations with the people from Manihiki, Pukapuka, Nassau, Penrhyn and Rakahanga this week and were hoping to meet with the people from Palmerston next week.

If time permits, the team will also meet with people from some of the southern group islands.

Wright-Koteka said they wanted to get the input of the people from the northern group in the GCF country programme.

She said the response they had received from the northern island groups so far had been “really good”.

“What we have found as the priority areas are pretty consistent in the northern group: water security, foreshore protection and climate proof infrastructure are the top three and then there are other areas such as food security,” Wright-Koteka said.

“What we are going to do is see how we can look at these priorities and incorporate them into the country programme.

“They (northern group people) are keen to see these priorities being implemented and keen to have these issues affecting their everyday life addressed.”

The GCF country programme is being prepared as a coordinated approach by all stakeholders to strengthen the country’s response to the potentially adverse impacts of climate change.