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Wednesday, 09 November 2016

EU helps launch climate change resilience project for the Pacific

In a world-first, the Pacific has launched a regional industry association for practitioners involved in climate change, disasters and other sectors related to building resilience. The Pacific Regional Federation for Resilience Professionals will boost the skills, education, training and employment opportunities for diverse professionals dedicated to climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction and maintaining ecosystem services in a highly vulnerable region. The launch by the European Union, Pacific community, and The University of the South Pacific took place at the Pacific Platform for Disaster Risk Management in Suva, Fiji, within the margins of Pacific Resilience Week 2016. Envisioned to become a vibrant industry association, the federation will be supported through two major projects: the EU’s Pacific Technical Vocational Education and Training in Sustainable Energy and Climate Change Adaptation Project and the Global Environment Facility Pacific International Waters Ridge to Reef Project. According to the Delegation of the European Union for the Pacific, Head of Infrastructure, Natural Resources, Environment and Energy Section, Jesus Laviña, the new federation will be a vital support mechanism for practitioners on the frontlines of climate change and disasters and elevate resilience as a sector in its own right.

Source: saipantribune.com