17 Dec 2016

Green Climate Fund meeting ends in Samoa

11:24 am on 17 December 2016

Australia will host the 2017 Green Climate Fund board meeting.

The board of the GCF, which is the agency set up by the United Nations Convention on Climate Change to help developing countries, has just ended meeting in Samoa.

This year's meeting approved $US98 million for climate change initiatives in the Pacific.

This includes $US23 million to strengthen climate change information in Vanuatu's tourism, agriculture, infrastructure, water and fisheries sectors with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme.

The meeting also approved $US58 million for integrated flood management in Samoa with the United Nations Development Programme, and $US17 million for the Asian Development Bank's Renewable Energy Investment Programme with a focus on the Cook Islands, and support for the Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Papua New Guinea, Samoa and Tonga was also approved.

Green Climate Fund resources approved for the Pacific now total $US165 million, with further Pacific proposals expected to come before the Board in 2017.