The U.S. Government today launched the five-year Pacific-American Climate Fund in Suva to help communities in Pacific Island countries adapt to effects of climate change.
The US$24-million (approx. FJ$44 million) grant program will provide grants to qualifying civil society organizations (CSOs) which will implement climate change adaptation activities in twelve countries in the Pacific: Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Marshall Islands (RMI), Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.
USAID/Pacific Islands Mission Director Gloria D. Steele said, ?The Pacific-American Climate Fund will support initiatives that will help reduce long-term vulnerabilities associated with climate change and achieve a sustainable, climate-resilient development at community level.?
Ambassador Reed said, ?This project further demonstrates the U.S. Government?s continuing commitment to expand its engagement with the Pacific region.?
The U.S. will also launch The Pacific-American Climate Fund in its regional offices of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea and in Majuro, Marshall Islands.
The grant facility aims to support projects focused on climate change adaptation in the areas of natural resources and water management, and livelihood development and income diversification.
The Pacific-American Climate Fund will also help strengthen the organizational capacity of CSOs to ensure the sustainability of their efforts to meet the growing challenges of a changing climate.
Post the launch, CSOs interested in applying for grants can participate in a Pre-Bid Workshop.
CSOs involved in efforts to enhance coastal, upland, or marine conservation, protection and management; coastal zone and water management; or agriculture, fisheries and other livelihood sectors may be eligible for grants.