Pacific Islands Climate Change Assistance Programme

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The Pacific Islands Climate Change Programme (PICCAP) is a regional Climate Change Enabling Activities project. It involves ten Pacific island countries (Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Vanuatu) and is co-ordinated and executed by the South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP). The project is designed to strengthen the capacities of the partici[ating countries, in terms of training, institutional strengthening and planning activities, to enable them to meet their reporting obligations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The project has six major capacity building objectives that lead to the following outputs: (1) an inventory of greenhouse gas sources and sinks; (2) an evaluation of mitigation options; (3) national vulnerability assessments; (4) an evaluation of adaptation options; (5) a national implementation plan and (6) the first National Communication to the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC. The concurrent activities of CC: TRAIN in the region are integrated into PICCAP and co-ordinated by SPREP to ensure complementarity.

Project Status
Start Date
Tuesday, July 1, 1997
End Date
Friday, June 30, 2000
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Project Scope
Project Objectives

1) Project Administration

Project Actions
PICCAP was the first comprehensive approach to tackling climate change in the region.
Project Activities
1) National inventories of GHG sources and sinks that conform to internationally accepted methods and guidelines. 2) National Assessments of mitigation options and the identification of those options which are cost-effective, environmentally sustainable and consistent with economic development plans in the long term. 3) National Assessments of vulnerability to climate change and sea-level rise in the context of ICZM 4) National Assessments that identify and evaluate options for adapting to climate change and sea-level rise 5) National implementation plans that are the product of broad-based national and regional consultation 6) Politically-endorsed National Communications to the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Climate Change