FSM first in the Pacific to progress a Country Program for the Green Climate Fund
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- Published: Monday, 31 July 2017 14:03
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The Hon. Sihna Lawrence, NDA to the GCF (first row, second to left), Lisa Ranahan
Andon from the MCT (third row) and Mr Kensley Ikosia of the FSM Readiness
Program (fourth row).
July 18 to 21, Tonga: the Green Climate Fund (GCF) Pacific Structured Dialogue was attended by 140 regional delegates, where it was announced that the FSM is the first country in the Pacific to present a draft Country Program to the Green Climate Fund. The Country Program is a key document that can progress large-scale adaptation and mitigation projects and programs to strengthen the FSM’s adaptive capacity to climate change.
The FSM is one of the 46 countries that have received GCF readiness grants to strengthen their engagement with the Fund. Upon finalisation of its Country Program, The FSM will join Zambia and Antigua & Barbuda as one of only three countries in the world to have a country program that will maximise access to the largest climate fund in the world. With over USD 10 billion in pledges, the fund is almost twice the size of the Adaptation Fund, and three times larger than the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) trust funds.
The FSM Country Program has been in development since the inception workshop in November 2016. From March to April 2017, States-based workshops were held to prioritise adaptation and mitigation projects from the already endorsed plans of the Joint State Action Plans on Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management, the Infrastructure Development Plan and the FSM Over-seas Development Assistance Priorities listing for 2016 to 2018. A final workshop to validate the ‘green growth' oriented Country Program and its projects portfolio is scheduled to be held from August 9 to10 in Pohnpei State.
The GCF Secretariat and Board members congratulated the Honorable Sihna N Lawrence (the FSM Secretary for the Department of Finance and Administration and National Designated Au-thority to the Green Climate Fund,) and her readiness team for a job well done and for the coun-try’s continued efforts and commitment towards a clean and green FSM.
Congratulations are also extended to the Micronesia Conservation Trust (MCT) on their recent accreditation to the Green Climate Fund, highlighting yet another ‘first’ for the FSM; MCT is the first civil society organisation to gain direct access in the Pacific region. Along with its numerous local NGO partners, the MCT has extensive and long-standing experience in strengthening the resilience of small island communities. The accreditation of the MCT to the GCF as well as the prominence given to local NGO work in the Country Program should result in the much-needed institutional and funding strengthening of local NGOs to effectively deliver adaptation projects for, and with, communities in the FSM.
The GCF was established in 2010 by UNFCCC to help developing countries adapt to climate impacts and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Fund provides early support for readiness and preparatory activities to strengthen a country’s engagement with the fund. It focuses its readiness support on particularly vulnerable countries, including Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Small Island Developing States (SIDS), and African states. The FSM government would like to extend its gratitude to the GCF for co-funding its readiness program and the development of the Country Program.