Impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on outer islands projects discussed at the annual seminar.
The project aimed at improving the livelihoods of the outer islanders is less than a year away from being completed.
The Pa Enua Action for Resilient Livelihoods (PEARL) programme aims is to build and implement an integrated approach to further increase the adaptive capacity of remote island communities and ecosystems to disaster risk and climate change impacts.
Mani Mate, the Ministry of Finance and Economic Management director of Development Coordination Division, said they have less than a year to complete the work they have started under this project.
The project was discussed at the National Implementing Entities (NIEs) Annual Seminar through an audio-visual link. The impacts of Covid-19 on the project was one of the major discussions.
Mate said the challenges brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic have prompted many National Implementing Entities to adapt and be innovative in the way they are undertaking projects.
“The Cook Islands currently has one Adaptation Fund funded project under implementation, which is the Pa Enua Action for Resilient Livelihoods (PEARL),” said Mate.
“The PEARL project has just under a year to project completion and lessons learnt and shared by other National Implementing Entities will provide us with a good understanding of what areas we should be improving on.”
According to Climate Change Cook Islands, the PEARL project focuses on strengthening disaster risk governance to manage risk and enhancing preparedness for effective response in recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction.
Through the Adaptation Fund, the Climate Change team which includes Ministry of Agriculture, Business Trade and Investment Board and local supermarket Prime Foods have gone out to the outer islands to hold workshops and to encourage buying locally grown produce.
Mate said the other topics discussed during the seminar were Adaptation Fund re-accreditation processes, lessons learnt from completed projects, current and new Adaptation Fund Grants, scaling up of projects activities, best practices in sharing project success stories and the use of transformative technology in adaptation.
“The topics that were covered during the seminar are timely and relevant to the efforts of our National Implementing Entities to successfully implement the PEARL project while seeking re-accreditation to the Adaptation Fund,” said Mate.
The Ministry of Finance and Economic Management’s five-year accreditation to the Adaptation Fund is due to expire on July 13, 2021. In line with the Adaptation Fund’s re-accreditation requirement, the ministry has formally communicated their intention to seek re-accreditation to the Adaptation Fund Secretariat.