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Activity part of new German program

PORT VILA, Vanuatu (Vanuatu Daily Post, March 29, 2009) – A three-day national workshop on the SPC/GTZ Regional Programme on Adaptation to Climate Change in the Pacific Islands Region was concluded yesterday at the Melanesian Hotel.

A new Pacific German Regional Programme Adaptation to Climate Change in the Pacific began in January this year to build the capacity of national and regional institutions to better cope with the effects of climate change.

This week’s workshop was a follow-up after the first regional planning workshop in Fiji in February this year which government representatives from the three participating island nations of Tonga, Fiji and Vanuatu attended.

The Programme’s Chief Adviser Dr Hermann Fickinger who was the main facilitator of the workshop told Daily Post the Federal Republic of Germany is committing 4.2 million Euros [US$5.5 million] to a four-year programme with activities to be undertaken in Vanuatu, Fiji and Tonga.

Dr Fickinger said Vanuatu is so lucky to be one of the host nations because the implementation of the Joint Country Strategy of the three island nations will reflect the strategies of this new climate project, which includes the wide consultation with their governments as one of its main objectives.

"This national workshop was organized in Vanuatu in order to elaborate a sound planning and monitoring basis for the Vanuatu component of the programme and will at the same time assist the country with a strategic plan to address issues of climate change," he said.

The workshop was attended by government stakeholders from different departments – agriculture, lands, environment, forestry, meteorology, foreign affairs and non-government organisations.

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