The Pacific-American Climate Fund Launched in Majuro

The U.S. Government on April 2 launched the five-year Pacific-American Climate Fund in Majuro, on the heels of earlier roll-outs in Suva and Port Moresby. The US$24-million grant program will provide grants to qualifying civil society organizations (CSOs) to implement climate change adaptation activities in twelve countries in the Pacific.  Marshall Ferrin, Mission Director for the program in Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Kiribati, Nauru, Palau, and the Republic of Marshall Islands (RMI) says that the Pacific-American Climate Fund will support initiatives that will help reduce long-term vulnerabilities associated with climate change and achieve a sustainable, climate-resilient development at the community level. The grants aim to support projects focused on climate change adaptation in the areas of natural resources and water management, as well as livelihood development and income diversification. The Pacific-American Climate Fund is also intended to strengthen the organizational capacity of CSO’s in order to ensure the sustainability of their efforts to meet the growing challenges of a changing climate.