US Embassy Provides Support for NGOs to Address Climate Change

The United States Embassy in Samoa has offered a grant of more that $242,000 Tala to the Samoa Umbrella of Non Government Organistations to address climate change.

The Grant was officially signed this morning with Ambassador Mark Gilbert calling the event a pivotal chance to enhance the communities’ efforts in fighting the biggest challenge yet in the Pacific and the world.

"I am pleased to be here today as we launch a new partnership that will support our shared goal of exploring innovative solutions to address the negative impacts of climate change," he said.

"On Earth Day this year, a record number of 175 countries, including the United States and Samoa, signed the Paris Agreement to tackle climate change. This was the first step in implementing the Paris Agreement and was a strong signal that our countries and our leaders are serious about global efforts to address climate change," added Mr Gilbert.

The grant will focus on the work of different community- based and private organisations that are tackling climate change related issues.

"The Pacific island nations are among the most vulnerable in the world to the impacts of climate change. About half of the population lives within one mile of the coastline," Mt Gilbert said.

He acknowledged that the economies in this region depend heavily on aquaculture, tourism, forestry, and agriculture, which are all vulnerable to drought, changing ocean temperatures and tropical storms that can cause widespread, prolonged and heavy floods.

As you know, Samoa is one of the countries that is most affected by climate change. Agriculture, a main source of livelihood here is highly vulnerable to erratic weather patterns that expose crops and livestock to pests and diseases. Cyclones in the Pacific also affect people’s safety and shelter.  In the last year alone, we have seen one too many destructive cyclones in the region that have caused fatalities and heavy damages.

"This is why the U.S. Government, through the United States Agency for International Development, or USAID, is increasingly supporting activities that build resiliency to the impacts of climate change. USAID’s Pacific-American Climate Fund or PACAM is instrumental in addressing the impacts of climate change as well as strengthening the capacity of civil society organizations by awarding grants that support climate change adaptation initiatives for the longer term," added Mr Gilbert.

For SUNGO it’s a big plus to its small yet very active members especially those connected to the communities.



Joshua Lafoai