Linking the right people to the right climate change interventions

A new programme designed to link technical experts working in the field of climate change and disaster risk management to the countries and projects that need them most was highlighted yesterday at the 25th Annual Meeting of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme.

Housed within the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), the Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience's Regional Technical Support Mechanism (RTSM) provides an online portal through which technical experts can register their skills, and eligible countries can request technical assistance to support climate and disaster-related priorities in the Pacific region.

Crucially, within the RTSM is an associated Rapid Response Fund (RRF) which finances the deployment of experts to provide technical assistance for Pacific island countries eligible under this initiative.

Funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the RTSM and RRF is a collaborative undertaking of all agencies in the Pacific Council of Regional Organisations and their associated development partners and donors.