Vanuatu increased its capacity to manage national climate change and disaster risk resilience related activities, by providing a 5-day Monitoring and Evaluation for Climate Resilience training course in the capital, Port Vila. The course was developed in response to Vanuatu’s need for highly trained national M&E experts in the Climate Change field.
The training was held by the Vanuatu Ministry of Climate Change, with support from the USAID/SPC Institutional Strengthening in Pacific Island Countries to Adapt to Climate Change (ISACC) Project, the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) and the Pacific Community’s (SPC) Geoscience, Energy and Maritime (GEM) Division.
There were 18 participants from national government agencies, as well as non-governmental organisations and civil society organisations who took part in the training with a view to improve their knowledge and capacity of M&E processes and how these relate to national, regional and global climate change and disaster risk resilience policy frameworks.
The training challenged participants to apply learnings to real life scenarios and work situations. The training also used the Vanuatu M&E framework to the National Sustainable Development Plan (The People’s Plan) as a key reference for the learning. As one participant described “A lot of information and knowledge was captured in a very short time frame. The positive aspects of it was the training was interactive, practical, making examples from the real projects we are currently working on”. Another participant commented, “In the beginning, I had limited information and knowledge about climate resilience but the training built my knowledge on climate resilience and M&E”.
The training builds on existing activities supported by the USAID ISACC project in Vanuatu, including Vanuatu’s Climate Change Finance Review undertaken in 2017 and launched the week before the training commenced. This review highlighted the need for strengthening national M&E processes, to provide a stronger enabling environment for accessing and managing climate change finances. The M&E training course will be accredited at a regional and national level, and included as a core component of the current Certificate III in Resilience (Climate Change Adaptation & Disaster Risk Reduction) which is being provided by Vanuatu’s Institute of Technology.
This is the first country in which the training has been delivered, with Kiribati, the Federated States of Micronesia and Fiji to also receive the course prior to the end of 2018.
Lisa buggy, Climate Change Adviser – ISACC Project (GSD) | [email protected]