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Pacific island countries holding workshop on Climate Change projects


08:56, February 09, 2012

SUVA, Feb. 9 (Xinhua) -- The third and final series of the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change (PACC) Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) Workshop, that focuses on the coastal sector pilot demonstration projects, is underway in Apia, Samoa.

The week-long training at the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Program (SPREP) brings representatives of the PACC project and other interested participants to help determine which climate change adaptation options they are implementing will confer the greatest benefits for their island communities, reports reaching here from Apia said on Thursday.

The PACC project, which consists of 14 member countries and implemented by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in partnership with the SPREP, is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Australian Agency for International Development with support from United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) Climate Change Capacity Development (C3D+) Program.

SPREP Director General David Sheppard said, "Cost benefit analysis is a framework which logically and systematically works through the various issues that need to be considered when developing and evaluating PACC projects. It can help us select projects that are sound and that will deliver maximum benefits to Pacific Island communities."

He says with the CBA, participants could identify which pilot projects had been successful and should be replicated and which projects should be dropped.

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