PICTs, CROP, UN Agencies, NGOs, Academia, Private Sector, Development partners
Objective & Description
The Pacific Climate Change Roundtable (PCCR) is the bi-annual premium climate change coordination mechanism for the Pacific which was established to coordinate and facilitate climate change dialogue and networking in the region. PCCR also facilitate linking global and regional stakeholders with the national and community levels.
The PCCR coordination role supports the monitoring and reporting on progress made in the Pacific
Islands Framework for Action on Climate Change (PIFACC) as well as supporting regional organisations’ coordination in support of Pacific Islands Countries and Territories (PICTs) climate change priorities for actions linked to national development agendas.
The PCCR is led by a steering committee approved by the previous PCCR for the following two years. The 2013 – 2015 steering committee is made up of one representative from each of the following countries and organisations: SPREP (coordinator) Micronesia (Nauru and Kiribati), Melanesia (Fiji and Vanuatu), Polynesia (Niue and Cook Islands) Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, University of the South Pacific, Secretariat of the Pacific Community, NGOs, UN agencies in the Pacific and representatives of donors (AusAID).
The PCCR will also evaluate progress towards achieving the outcomes of the Framework on a biannual basis against the agreed national and regional indicators, with the support of regional organizations and the international community. The PCCR also identifies emerging gaps requiring priority action and each organisation makes adjustments to existing activities to accommodate those national priorities. The regional organizations will, where necessary, provide support and a coordinating role for regional and international reporting. The PCCR promotes integrated approaches to climate change adaptation and mitigation such as whole of island, ecosystem based and ridge to reef approaches within the context of national sustainable development.
The PCCR seeks to bring together several different sets of stakeholders, such as technical staff and policy makers from national and regional institutions; technical staff and policy makers from regional offices of international organizations and; key experts from the region involved in scientific and policy research on sustainable development issues and civil society. The stakeholders will have expertise in sectors relevant to climate change and sustainable development.
Governance & Coordination Mechanisms
The PCCR feeds in to the regional preparatory processes for climate change policy in the region, in particular the Pacific Islands Forum, the SPREP Annual Meeting and the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC. It is expected that the PCCR will make specific recommendations on capacity (human, financial and institutional) constraints. Inadequacies in policy making, assessment and enforcement mechanisms, lack of public awareness and understanding are some of the shared concerns affecting national and regional climate change response strategies. The PCCR works through the five major themes that are allocated to working groups:
1. Adaptation WG
2. Mitigation WG
3. Knowledge Management WG
4. Resources WG
5. Loss and Damage WG (established at 2013 PCCR)
Arrangements for Capacity Building and Technology Transfer