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$44m aid for Pacific

Dawn Gibson
Friday, March 28, 2014

THE US Government yesterday confirmed a $US24million ($F44m) grant to 12 Pacific Island countries to help mitigate the impact of climate change within the region.

Accessing funds from the five-year grant will work on an application basis under which civil society organisations which deal with climate change issues will have the opportunity to apply to gain funds to get their projects off the ground, said Gloria Steele, USAID Pacific Islands mission director.

"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 community level," Ms Steele said at the grant launch yesterday in Suva.

"As you know, extreme weather events have become more frequent and more intense and these impacts can be mitigated and, in fact, the frequencies can also be reduced if we all work together to try to change behaviour."