On December 8, 2023, the Moana Blue Pacific Pavilion at COP28 hosted a side event, in partnership with the Organization of African, Caribbean, and Pacific States (OACPS), the theOACPS Regional Climate Centres (RCCs), and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP). This event focused on South-South cooperation within and between OACPS' Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and building capacity to provide climate services and related applications for climate adaptation action.
The Intra-ACP ClimSA programme brought together partners in the area of climate services applications to share and exchange experiences in applying climate services across specific socio-economic sectors. The aim was to unlock the adaptive potential of ACP regions, fostering climate action that achieves sustainability and builds resilience.
Ms Pratt the Assistant Secretary General of OACPS Secretariat, in its opening remarks, quoted that, "Evidence suggests that people living in similar environments and situations may have experiences and good practices to share among and between themselves. Therefore, the Intra-ACP ClimSA Programme recognizes and embraces the fostering of south-south and triangular cooperation opportunities between OACPS’ Regional Climate Centres."
Panelists included. Salesa Nihmei representing the Pacific, Dr. Faka from OACPS, Dr. Seydou TRAORE from AGRHYMET, shared the ACP's capacity to address adaptation needs against climate threats through the application of climate information to socio-economic sectors.
Dieudonne Faka highlighted ClimSA's role in fostering intra-regional cooperation and exchange between African, Caribbean, and Pacific RCCs.
Salesa Nihmei, Meteorology and Climate Officer of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), reiterated how ClimSA provides an excellent opportunity for SIDS to learn from African continental countries and regions, and vice versa, particularly in the provision of timely and quality climate services for food security, including fisheries and agriculture, and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR).
The insights shared by key stakeholders underscore the importance of South-South cooperation in addressing the unique climate challenges faced by SIDS across the African, Caribbean, and Pacific regions. These insights will also inform the roadmap towards the 2024 ClimSA Forum, which will take place in Jamaica Caribbean in June 2024.
Therefore, the Intra-ACP ClimSA event at the Moana Blue Pacific Pavilion served as a platform for collaboration, knowledge exchange, and cooperation among OACPS' SIDS. By sharing experiences and best practices, the event aimed to enhance the adaptive potential of ACP regions, ultimately contributing to sustainable climate action and resilience building.