How should the Pacific respond?
Climate change is re-writing the way Pacific Islands communities live their life. Climate change is re-writing the way Pacific Islands communities live their life. A changing climate provides a mist of uncertainty as to what the future holds for our communities. Impacts of climate change will continue to be a challenge to Pacific Islands countries and territories over the years ahead. The increasing population of Pacific Islands countries, which has reached the 10 million mark and is expected to increase by around 180,000 every year, will further complicate these challenges. But how should the Pacific respond? In an attempt to adapt to these challenges, Pacific countries and territories working with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and partners such as the Secretariat of the Pacific Community and the United Nations Development Programme are strengthening their capacity to respond to climate change.
The development of renewable energy is a key element of these responses. The Pacific Islands Greenhouse Gas Abatement through Renewable Energy Project (PIGGAREP) is a UNDP and Global Environment Facility funded project, implemented by UNDP Samoa and executed by SPREP’s Climate Change Division. The project’s goal is to reduce the growth of greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel use in the Pacific through adopting and implementing renewable energy technologies. The project supports low-carbon development schemes in the Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu, through support for renewable energy strategies and for the development of related project proposals. A key focus is on addressing barriers to the adoption of renewable energy programmes. Energy efficiency, while not included within the scope of the PIGGAREP Project, is nonetheless an important area which demands more attention in the Pacific.
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