The Republic of the Marshall Islands Climate Change Website: PICCAP
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The Pacific Islands Climate Change Program (PICCAP) is a program to help Pacific Island countries to implement the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). It began as part of the CC-Train Program of the United Nations, but was adapted by the South Pacific Regional Environment Program (SPREP) to be more appropriate to the Pacific countries that would carry it out.
CC-Train (which remains the basis of PICCAP) began as a pilot project (Phase I) in 3 countries- Lithuania, Vietnam and Zimbabwe. 65 countries, then applied to be part of Phase II of the project, as well as a group request from Pacific countries. Of these, only 17 countries (3 African, 5 Latin American and 9 Pacific countries) were chosen to receive the assistance. They were all chosen after a long series of consultations between the UNDP, GEF, United Nations Environment Program and bilateral donor agencies. More Pacific countries are taking part in the project than from any other region.
The Phase II project will, however, be carried out in such a way that those countries that missed out on the assistance can follow the same methods and benefit from the experiences of the countries currently taking part in the programme.
PICCAP is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) through the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). GEF has provided 2.6 million to the 17 countries who are taking part in the CC- Train project and the UNDP oversee the project and provide ground level support to implementing agencies through its regional offices throughout the world.
The goals and policies of the project are decided by the Climate Change Convention Secretariat which is part of the UN and responsible for each countries (not just those in PICCAP or CC-Train) implemention of the convention. PICCAP’s chief goal is to assist countries to build sustainable capacities to do what is required of them in the convention.
It will do this by:
In accomplishing each of the required activities, the project will follow a country team approach. The members of this country team include experts with knowledge of all the different areas and departments that will be part of the RMI's climate change response activities or that will need to take part in the project activities. The country team has members from government agencies, NGO’s, Private Industry, and Scientific and Research groups, with a chairman from the National Focal Point.
The Country Team will complete the following tasks throughout the duration of the PICCAP Project: