U.S. Embassy Suva To Launch 5-Year Project To Combat Climate Change Impacts

$23.9 million 'Climate Ready' to benefit 12 Pacific Islands

By Vishaal Kumar

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, Jan. 18, 2017) – The American Embassy is planning to launch a project to combat the impacts of climate change in the Pacific region.

This was revealed by the US ambassador to Fiji, Judith Cefkin, as she handed over humanitarian assistance tools and equipment to the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management.

The project — Climate Ready — will focus mainly on the issues of climate change finances and a framework dealing with the effects of global warming.

Ms Cefkin said through the USAID, the US Government built programs to combat the impacts of climate change in the Pacific region.

"The US Government builds the resilience of vulnerable coastal communities in the Pacific Island region to the impacts of climate change," she said.

"One of the top priorities for the US Embassy in Suva is working with our partners in the Pacific to curb global warming and also to build resilience to the increased frequency and severity of storms."

She also thanked the Fijian Government for being selected to preside over the COP 23 conference in Bonn, Germany, later in the year.

Climate Ready is a five-year project that seeks to award up to $23.9 million to help 12 Pacific Island countries.

The grant will benefit the Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu to become more resilient to climate disturbances and protect the lives and livelihoods of their citizens by enabling them to access climate financing from international sources.

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Need to know what FSM needs to do to access the Climate Ready program.

As this is a U.S. funded program I suggest the best way to start is to contact the U.S. embassy in Pohnpei. P.O. Box 1286 Kolonia, Pohnpei FSM 96941 Phone: (691) 320-2187 Fax: (691) 320-2186 KoloniaACS@state.gov

How can US embassy talk of climate change and global warming when the current incumbant to the Presidincy has stated that global warming is not happening?

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