The half-day GCF Fostering Resilience Workshop at the Cook Islands Red Cross Complex in Tupapa is being organised by the Climate Change Cook Islands Division of the Office of the Prime Minister in conjunction with the Development Coordination Division of MFEM.
The workshop from 8am to 1pm will provide a basic understanding of the fund, advise the Cook Islands on the process to access the funds and assist in the development of a national GCF country programme document.
The workshop is open to the public targeting those interested to learn and have their say in developing national climate change related project proposal ideas through GCF.
The GCF was established with a mission to advance the goal of keeping the temperature increase on our home planet below 2C.
It is a unique global initiative to respond to climate change by investing into low-emission and climate-resilient development.
GCF was established by 194 governments to limit or reduce greenhouse gas emissions in developing countries, and to help adapt vulnerable societies to the unavoidable impacts of climate change.
Cook Islands is the first country in the Pacific to receive access to GCF readiness funding last year.
The readiness grants are designed to help countries prepare to work with the fund and move towards climate-resilient and low-emissiona development.
Cook Islands was reported to have received a first tranche of $110,569 from a total readiness grant of $221,143.
The funding is to assist the country strengthen its National Designated Authority and undertake national stakeholder consultations, as well as to establish processes to fast-track the islands’ access to GCF
8am Registration; 8.15am Opening Prayer, Introduction and opening remarks – Bredina Drollet (Chief of staff OPM); 8.30am Climate Change: Understanding the GCF and access to funds, Accreditation process and progress, Official Cook Islands nominated entities (Facilitators – Wayne King and Bredina Drollet Krystina Tatuava, Elizabeth Wright-Koteka, Liz Tommy); 9.15am GCF Readiness Support – Status of the Cook Islands, Readiness outcomes (Krystina Tatuava); 10.15am Morning team; 10.30am Cook Islands Climate Change – highlighting local climate change issues (Climate Change); 11am Country Programme – Developing a national country programme, GCF impact areas (Climate Change); 11.30am Activity (NDA/MFEM/CCCI); 1pm lunch