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Thursday 4 December 2014, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji –
A new project to address the social, environmental and economic impact of energy security and climate change on Pacific African Caribbean Pacific (PACP) countries was launched in Suva today.
Supported by the European Union, the Pacific Technical and Vocational Education and Training on Sustainable Energy and Climate Change Adaptation (PACTVET) project aims to enhance PACPs' regional and national capacity and technical expertise to respond to climate change adaptation (CCA) and sustainable energy (SE) challenges.
The EUR 6.1 million (F$11.9m) project is being implemented over 53 months by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), in partnership with the University of the South Pacific (USP). PACTVET aims to enhance sustainable livelihoods in PACPs. Sustainable livelihoods are a high priority for Pacific Island communities and governments alike.
They are central to current and emerging development policy, including resource management and conservation and to meet threats such as climate change.
The PACTVET project was jointly launched by the EU Ambassador, Mr Andrew Jacobs, SPC Deputy Director General Ms. Fekitamoeloa Utoikamanu, USP Vice Chancellor and President Prof. Rajesh Chandra, and PIFS Deputy Secretary General and Deputy Regional Authorising Officer Ms. Cristelle E. Pratt.