A TOTAL of 20 million Euros ($F49.78million) has been set aside by the European Union to help Pacific states address the impacts of climate change and improve resilience to natural disasters.
At the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) last week, the EU along with SPC and the Secretariat of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of states signed the ACP-EU Building Safety and Resilience in the Pacific program.
The project is aimed at further assisting community-based Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and increase effective preparedness, response and recovery from natural disasters, a statement from the SPC has confirmed.
"This program will help the Pacific states in their efforts to adapt to this new climate reality," European climate action commissioner Connie Hedegaard said in the statement
"The Pacific states can count on Europe to continue its climate co-operation in the region.
"For the Pacific people, climate change is not about a distant future. It has become the new normal," she said.