A series of consultation starting on Monday will be run by the Climate Change Cook Islands Division (CCCI) of the Office of the Prime Minister along with the Development Coordination Division (DCD) of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Management.
CCCI and DCD launched consultations in Rarotonga in late June, and these continued during the Te Maeva Nui period when a number of successful consultation workshops were held with some of the outer islands including Manihiki, Pukapuka, Rakahanga and Tongareva.
In a statement, lead consultant, Elizabeth Wright-Koteka said these consultations were “the process of engaging with stakeholders to identify practical steps that could enable the implementation of priorities that could potentially be supported by the Green Climate Fund”.
The statement said the country programme was being prepared as a coordinated approach by all stakeholders to strengthen Cook Islands’ response to potentially adverse effects of climate change.
It will contain a wide range of projects and programmes that will be financed by the Green Climate Fund and other sources of climate financing, in an effort to limit emissions and adapt to climate change.
“If you are interested in finding out more, then all members of the public are welcome to attend and participate next week. This is an opportunity to collaborate and share knowledge, as well as ideas towards building a climate resilient Cook Islands,” the statement said.
“We encourage you to come along and learn more. Light refreshments will be provided.”