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Stakeholders in Cook Islands discuss roadmap for disaster and climate resilient development

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Tuesday 15 October 2013, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Rarotonga, Cook Islands - The Office of the Prime Minister in Cook Islands called a special meeting of the National Platform for Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management on Friday 4 October, 2013. The purpose of the meeting was to facilitate stakeholder input in Cook Islands for the proposed new regional strategy for disaster and climate resilient development in the Pacific (SRDP).

The development of the SRDP, referred to as 'the roadmap process’, is led by Pacific Island countries and territories. Stakeholder engagement is being sought throughout the Pacific region in a variety of forums. During the Cook Islands meeting participants had the opportunity to learn about the roadmap process and provide their suggestions concerning its development.

Teina Mackenzie is an Executive Board Member for the Te Ipukarea Society, an environmental NGO in Cook Islands. She says, ‘The most encouraging aspect of the recent meeting is that it seeks true engagement of stakeholders and the community at the outset of the proposed strategy.’

The meeting took place at the New Hope Church in Rarotonga and was attended by representatives from government, NGOs and the private sector. It was chaired by William Mocevakaca Tuivaga from Climate Change Cook Islands in the Office of the Prime and facilitated by Cristina Casella, Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Policy Adviser with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community and Professor John E. Hay, a consultant advising the development of the SRDP.

‘The meeting increased awareness about the development of the SRDP,’ says Ana Tiraa, the Director of Climate Change Cook Islands in the Office of the Prime Minister. She says that continued dialogue on the SRDP will be encouraged in Cook Islands and will enable further contribution to the development of the strategy.

The Cook Islands has taken steps to incorporate climate change and disaster risk management in key planning and policy documents including the Joint National Action Plan for Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Adaptation 2011-2015, and the Climate & Disaster Compatible Development Policy 2013 – 2016.

The SRDP is next step in addressing climate change and disaster risk management in the Pacific from 2016 onward. It will supersede the two current frameworks, the Pacific Disaster Risk Reduction and Disaster Management Framework for Action 2005–2015 and the Pacific Islands Framework on Climate Change 2006–2015, after they expire in 2015.

Further consultative meetings in other countries will be held in the coming months. These will include representatives from non-governmental and faith-based organisations, the private sector and development partners.


For more information please contact, Cristina Casella, Adviser – Disaster Risk Management & Climate Change Policy, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , +679 338 1377 ext. 36304
Sean Hobbs, Climate Change Communications and Information Officer, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , +679 337 9451 or +679 753 8426
Photo caption and credit: Participants at the Cook Islands special meeting of the National Platform for Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management. Photo Celine Dyer / Climate Change Cook Islands

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 October 2013 15:40  

Newsflash

H.E. Linda Te Puni, New Zealand Consul General in New Caledonia, and Dr Jimmie Rodgers, Director-General of SPC, have signed a new grant funding agreement totaling NZD 6.1 million.

The funding consists of New Zealand’s annual contribution (approximately half of the total) and a grant for regional services in the areas of Oceanic Fisheries, Coastal Fisheries, Land Resources, Statistics, Ocean and Islands (geoscience), and Public Health. Details are below.

Membership assessed contribution NZD 3,045,000 and Purchase of regional services NZD 3,055,000 – broken down as follows:

Oceanic Fisheries NZD NZD 430,000
Coastal Fisheries NZD 310,000
Centre for Pacific Crops and Trees NZD 245,000
Para-veterinary training NZD 245,000
Statistics for Development NZD 300,000
Ocean and Islands (geoscience) NZD 1,025,000
Public Health NZD 500,000

Ms Te Puni stated that all of the programmes supported by New Zealand in 2013 address issues that are central to the development of the Pacific region, and that the funding demonstrates New Zealand’s commitment to contributing to the Pacific region’s development agenda through its bilateral and targeted regional assistance.