Samoa - Private sector engagement in resilience building to climate change in Pacific Island Countries

Context: 

The role of the private sector is often raised as a key partner for building resilience to climate change. Building its capacity to respond to climate change risks is therefore important as it supports livelihoods, sustainable development and reduces poverty. Nevertheless the Pacific private sector has generally low capacity compared to other regions.

The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), the lead agency coordinating climate change in the Pacific, has been asked by Member countries, other agencies and private sector organizations to assist with strengthening capacity in the private sector to engage with climate change adaptation and mitigation activities.

Objectives: 

In order to enhance the Pacific regions’ private sector engagement in climate change issues, the SPREP wished to develop a project proposal to be submitted to the global Climate Investment Funds (CIF) - Pilot Program on Climate Resilience (PPCR).

The PPCR has indeed a new competitive funding window to enable financing for innovative programs and projects aiming at strengthening the private sector in this area.

Results: 

The Climate Support Facility sent on a short notice a senior expert to Samoa.

He identified opportunities and needs in programs and projects associated with reducing countries’ exposure to climate change in the Pacific Region. 6 projects were further developped, focusing on solar water purification, coconut biofuel, waste energy, organic waste fertilizers and energy, sustainable buildings and solar/hydro energy.
Together with the SPREP mission coordinator, he developed a draft proposal that has been commented and reviewed during a one-day workshop with national representatives of the sector.
After all the commentaries had been taken into account, the expert together with the SPREP mission coordinator submitted a final proposal within the specified deadline.

The proposal was however rejected due to the low amount requested for loans.

A first follow-up mission was set-up in order to further developed and strengthened the content and proposed financing and implementation arrangements and update these proposals to specific and appropriate format and content for further donor consideration. Unfortunately no other funding was found suitable for the requested financial loans.

A second follow-up mission was finally conducted to build upon those lessons learnt and make the case for a paper publication to be presented at COP20 on the difficulties for small countries in general and SIDS in particular, to access climate related funds that are generally tailored for bigger requests and mechanisms. The paper is available in the key documents on the right panel of the screen.