Five delegates of the GCF based in Songdo, Korea, are on Rarotonga for the first time engaging in a three-day seminar with the goal of improving the understanding of the fund.
“Very few people actually understand GCF, what is mentally required; therefore, you have many problems to deal with,” says the organisation’s director of the Division of Mitigation and Adaption Jerry Velasquez.
“We are here to provide support; we don’t do this very often.” “You need to understand what is required in the beginning, the best final climate projects take one submission and lands with the board in three months.
“When projects are developed it doesn’t last long in the process, if the quality of the request is not that good, it’s there longer, the cycle of the review and revision goes on and on … it can sit around for up to three years.
“We have all kinds of policies, understanding each and every one will make you a very good proposal writer, and that’s the goal, there’s a lot of potential, it comes down to how you write it.
“Have the willingness and the ability, it is very important for you to be able to meet the requirements, invest in your understanding.”
“GCF is unique, there is no limit, the limit is you, the limit is your ability to submit good climate projects, compared to other agencies there is no contest in its selection process.
“Competition is the quality (of the proposals).”
“This year our country is going to access the next GCF funding request; the Cook Islands is a priority, says Velasquez, because it is ready, it has our support programme, there are grants already here, the timing is right, the country has the ability to do it.”
He says, the Cook Islands is also unique with its holistic approach.
“Literally in the next year, the Cook Islands can do what it wants to do, the ingredients are there, it is a rare opportunity and it is here, hopefully it can be maintained every year and be continued.”
When the workshop is completed it is anticipated that the participants will actually determine what is a “climate project” and that they maximise their abilities to develop the projects.
“Proof is the project.”
The seminar ends today.