The Pacific Region embraces 22 countries and territories. More than 7,500 Pacific islands cover a total area of 30 million square kilometres though their combined land mass accounts for only two per cent of this figure.
GIZ has been working in the Pacific Region since 1977. Besides the threat of over-exploitation of natural resources, limited domestic markets and enormous distances to their export markets, the threat posed by climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing the region. Rising sea levels, increasing temperatures, changing rainfall patterns and an increase in the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events including tropical cyclones and floods are consequences of global warming and jeopardise the development of the Pacific islands.
Because of the special challenges posed by climate change, GIZ is currently assisting 15 Pacific island countries, including Timor-Leste as well as regional organisations in the following programmes:
- Coping with Climate Change in the Pacific Island Region (CCCPIR)
- Adapting to Climate Change and Sustainable Energy (ACSE) – as part of CCCPIR
- REDD+ - Forest Conservation in Pacific Island Countries (REDD+ II)
- Marine and Coastal Biodiversity Management in Pacific Island Countries (MACBIO)
The programmes have been commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), the German Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs (AA). There are financial contribution by the European Union (EU), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (DEZA), and Commonwealth of Australia represented by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).
The project offices are based in Suva, Fiji while responsibility for the region is with the GIZ country office in Manila, Philippines.
Projects and Programmes
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