A team from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Oceania Regional Office comprising: Taholo Kami, Regional Director; Mason Smith, Regional Programme Coordinator; Solstice Middleby, Strategic Advisor Partnerships; and Ruci Botei, Executive Officer Special Projects & Strategic Support, attended the Green Climate Fund (GCF) Regional Technical Meeting for Pacific Island Countries and GCF Accredited Agencies at the Pacific Island Forum Secretariat in Suva, Fiji from 1-4 August 2016.
IUCN’s objectives in attending this meeting were threefold. The first was to increase awareness amongst regional countries of IUCN’s recent accreditation to the GCF and highlight the comparative advantage IUCN brings to countries in as a delivery partner in securing readiness funding and developing concept proposals for funding by the GCF. The second was to better understand countries GCF priorities and the third was to strengthen partnerships with other Accredited Agencies in the region.
In the latter stages of the meeting IUCN also had bilateral meetings with country delegates and accredited entities who were attending the meeting. A number of IUCN’s programme coordinators also assisted with the bilateral meetings and from IUCN’s perspective the GCF meeting was very fruitful and has laid the foundation for building a strong IUCN’s GCF portfolio in Oceania.
IUCN Oceania will now work in partnership with other accredited agencies and selected countries in developing GCF submissions in the agreed priority areas of renewable energy, forests, coastal resilience and oceans planning. It is envisaged that IUCN’s effort will contribute to the overarching goal of climate change mitigation and adaptation and bring about transformational change in the Pacific.