Who we are
The Global Climate Change Alliance is an initiative of the European Union, launched in 2007 and coordinated by the European Commission (EC), aimed at strengthening dialogue and cooperation on climate change with developing countries most vulnerable to climate change and supporting their efforts to develop and implement adaptation and mitigation responses.
The GCCA is a global alliance, involving a wide range of partners across the world with a focus on helping the most vulnerable developing countries to more effectively address the challenges associated with climate change.
The Pacific component of the Intra-ACP project in support of the GCCA is being implemented by the University of the South Pacific (USP) through the Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development (PACE-SD).
In order to meet the challenges of climate change in 15 identified Pacific ACP countries a four year and 8 million Euro project was finalised in 2010 between the USP and the European Commission.
Now known as the USP-EU GCCA project, itsmain purpose is to develop and strengthen the Pacific ACP countries' capacity to adapt to the impacts of climate change.
This objective will be achieved through the training of national and regional experts on climate change and adaptation as well as the development and implementation of sustainable strategies for community adaptation to climate change, based on improved understanding of impacts of climate change and variability in the Pacific region.
It is also expected that the project will contribute to the establishment of a network of national and regional specialists on climate change who will support communities, governments within PACP countries, NGOs, and regional organisations in their efforts to address the effects of climate change through a long-term, sustainable approach.
What we do
The USP-EU GCCA project is implemented through three components under *Capacity Building, *Community Engagement and *Applied Research. While the three components may operate separately there will be common areas where each of the components will link up. For example, the results of research will inform capacity development and the formulation of community adaptation strategies.
Community work in turn will provide valuable lessons to be integrated in the university courses, especially with regards to social/cultural aspects of climate change. University students will also be required to add practice to theory by linking their studies with applied research and/or community engagement.
Component 1: Capacity Building
This component focuses on training and developing a cadre of local skilled professionals sufficiently large and deep to support and guide governments, NGOs and regional development partners in their efforts to adapt to climate change, and to train others in adaptation especially at community level.
Through these different training and development activities it is expected to improve the communities’ understanding of climate change and of the appropriate ways to adapt to its effects, in their specific local environments.
Component 2: Community Engagement in Adapting to Climate Change
Through this component it is expected that by the end of the project, there is a marked increase and improvement in the resiliency of local communities who will be better equipped with the skills to develop, implement and sustain long term adaptation strategies.
In addition, a ‘best practice’ toolkit in community adaptation projects that have been identified,compiled and disseminated to relevant stakeholders.
Component 3: Applied Research
The key outcomes of this component is for the development of tools for monitoring and projecting climate change in the Pacific Islands region are developed and in use as well as adaptive strategies best suited for the Pacific is formulated for a range of economic sectors.