The meeting, organised by Climate Change Cook Islands Division and Emergency Management Cook Islands Division of the Office of the Prime Minister, was held at the USP Centre on Monday.
Climate Change Cook Islands coordinator Celine Dyer said consultation on the climate change policy, which is under development, was one of the key objectives of the meeting.
She said consultation on the Green Climate Fund (GCF) handbook and country programme for GCF were also discussed.
“The GCF handbook is a roadmap for anyone wanting to access funds from GCF or interested to know more about the process,” Dyer said.
“The Cook Islands country programme discussions were mainly on identifying the gaps in the programme and receiving community feedback on the overall country programme.”
Dyer said the GCF country programme would continue around Rarotonga in August after Te Maeva Nui and will also go out to the Pa Enua.
The 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.
It will contain a wide range of projects and programmes to be financed by the Green Climate Fund and other sources of climate financing.
Dyer also said they were happy with the turnout, adding that it was almost a balanced group with 19 females and 15 males attending.
The meeting comprised a variety of stakeholders, including representatives of government, civil society and non-government organisations, and was open to members of the public.
It also provided updates and reports on climate change related activities and disaster risk management activities at the local, national, regional and global scales.