New toolkits help incorporate gender equality into climate change and energy projects PDF Print E-mail

Tuesday 29 October 2013, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji  




A Gender and Climate Change side event was held at the 12th Triennial Conference of Pacific Women in Rarotonga to launch two new toolkits designed to help incorporate a gender perspective into development projects focusing on climate change and energy in the Pacific.


At the launch on Wednesday 23 October 2013, Ana Tiara Passfield, the Director of Climate Change of the Office of the Prime Minister (Cook Islands) spoke about the importance of having practical tools to assist in implementing projects in these areas. She emphasised that in the Cook Islands, gender had been mainstreamed into a number of key policies and planning documents. The government has developed the Cook Islands National Policy on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment and its accompanying Strategic Plan of Action (2011–2016). Attendees discussed the importance of providing gender training to climate change practitioners in countries and at the regional level. The toolkits aim to facilitate gender analysis work across sectors, support gender stock takes, and encourage collection of sex-disaggregated data across climate change projects and programmes.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 November 2013 12:03
Wind resource monitoring in the North Pacific PDF Print E-mail

Monday 28 October 2013, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji



Reliable and up-to-date resource data that is publically accessible is critical to private sector investment in renewable energy in Pacific Island countries and territories.


Effective planning for a sustainable energy sector is not possible in the absence of high-quality data.  Data can take a long time to gather so measurement must be initiated well in advance of when it is needed.


The European Union-funded North Pacific ACP Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (North-REP) continues to work on improving the quality of life and reducing dependency on fossil fuels in the outer islands of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Palau and the Republic of Marshall Islands (RMI).


As part of the project, seven wind resource monitoring masts have been installed in FSM, Palau and RMI.


In RMI, masts were installed for the Action for the Development of Marshall Islands Renewable Energies (ADMIRE) project in Jaluit and Wotje in 2012. In 2013, three masts were installed in Palau for the North-REP project at Ngardmau, Melekeok and Ngaraard. Two further masts were installed for the North-REP project in the FSM islands of Chuuk and Tonoas in September 2013. The masts are expected to be in place for at least two years.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 October 2013 08:55

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