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Tuesday, 04 October 2016

EU-GIZ partnership to benefit island communities

EU-GIZ partnership to benefit island communities and schools through improved supply of clean water, access to solar-powered electricity and fuel from biogas. Fourteen Pacific island countries and Timor Leste are working on 22 projects to increase resilience and improve access to fresh water and energy for island communities. The projects are funded by the European Union, through their EDF10 Pacific Regional Programme (PRIP). The specific programme ‘Adapting to Climate Change and Sustainable Energy (ACSE)’ costs €35.5 million (FJD 80.7 million) and is administered by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), while the PRIP is coordinated by the Pacific Island Forum Secretariat, which acts as the Regional Authorising Officer (RAO) for the overall programme. Many small island countries face a shortage of clean water and the changing climate is expected to make the situation worse. In light of this, the EU-GIZ ACSE projects in the Cook Islands, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Niue, Papua New Guinea and Timor Leste are implementing improved rainwater harvesting systems and installing water tanks in schools and communities.

Source: pacific.scoop.co.nz