Federated States of Micronesia builds expertise in climate change and disaster management

Source(s): Pacific Community

National practitioners in the Federated States of Micronesia working on the front line of climate change and disaster management have completed a capacity building training course in Pohnpei, boosting their monitoring and evaluation (M&E) skills and strengthening the nation’s ability to meet future climate challenges.

The training brought together 22 participants from national government agencies, state government agencies, non-governmental organisations and civil society organisations

A joint initiative of the FSM Department of Environment, Climate Change and Emergency Management (DECEM) and the USAID Institutional Strengthening in Pacific Island Countries to Adapt to Climate Change (ISACC) Project, the training was implemented by the Pacific Community (SPC) with support from GIZ.

The innovative and practical approach of this training was welcomed by participants who noted the significant impact of the tools, knowledge and resources will have on their daily work.

“I enjoyed looking at the results framework and coming up with indicators for the outcomes”, said Yota Oue, Programme Manager for the National Ozone Unit, DECEM. “The training is very helpful and super relevant to my line of work, especially since M&E is really integral to the regulatory nature of what I do.”

Similar sentiment was shared by Executive Director, Andy George from the Kosrae Conservation and Safety Organisation (KCSO). “I’ve learnt a lot about evaluating projects from beginning to end. I think that this is an important training and we should look into replicating it,” he said.

The strengthening of monitoring and evaluation of national, regional and global resilience systems and the associated capacities within FSM is essential to facilitate informed decisions on prioritization and resource allocation at the national and local levels. Reliable and up-to-date M&E information is also an invaluable tool for accessing and effectively managing climate change finances.

The training builds on existing activities supported by the USAID ISACC project in FSM, including the recent FSM Climate Change & Disaster Risk Finance Assessment, which will be finalised by the end of 2018.

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