Global Climate Fund Supports EWS Project Proposal in Pacific

The governments and civil society partners in Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste and Vanuatu will work with WMO to develop a potential Green Climate Fund (GCF) project that aims to markedly improve the countries’ Early Warning Systems (EWSs). Scientists expect an increase in the frequency and intensity of extreme weather and climate events due to climate change, this project will build capacity in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) whose lives and livelihoods are threatened by such events.

WMO has received a grant of US$ 535 000 from the Global Climate Fund to strengthen this project concept and advance its preparation into an innovative and high-impact financing proposal. The grant is from the Fund’s Project Preparation Facility (PPF), an instrument that assists GCF Accredited Entities in conducting feasibility studies, stakeholder consultations and other steps that are essential in designing innovative high-quality projects.

The Project Preparation Facility assistance for Enhancing EWSs to build greater resilience to hydro and meteorological hazards in Pacific SIDS will support WMO and the participating countries to work together to advance a project proposal that will target long-term climate impacts and contribute to development. Project preparation activities include a stocktaking of EWSs in the five countries and the broader region, consultations to engage stakeholders and garner country ownership, and feasibility studies to ensure the proposed investments are socially, technically, economically and environmentally sound, among others.

The grant to WMO is the third such PPF grant awarded by GCF, and the second in 2017.

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