|Adaptation Funds Project Community Awareness for Savaii
The Adaptation Fund Project through Civil Society Support Programme (CSSP) in partnership with Ministry of Natural Resources & Environment (MNRE) and Ministry of Women, Community & Social Development (MWCSD) were in Savaii on Tuesday 11th April 2017, at the Apita o Pisaga Hall at Salelologa to roll out an awareness workshop on the Community Small Grant Program. Its focus was to train the Communities on how to fill out the application form and develop a strong proposal to be submitted to CSSP for accessing the AF Samoa Small Grants. The competitive nature of the process for accessing the Fund places the importance on the type of proposals received from communities. For this reason, the workshop was designed to assist the communities by addressing their concerns and iron out any misunderstandings regarding the proposals. The CSSP thoroughly went over the application form with communities’ representatives with MNRE providing the technical support and advice. A total of 163 participants attended the workshop, with representation from women, men and youth from 63 villages across the island. The workshop was divided into a morning session which covered the districts of Vaisigano 1 & 2, Alataua, Falealupo, Salega, Gagaa’emauga 2& 3 and Gagaifomauga 1 & 2; and an afternoon session which covered Faasaleleaga 1, 2, 3 & 4, Satupaitea and Palauli le Falefa. The call for proposal for communities provides the financial support for addressing communities’ priorities “This funding opportunity will enable you to implement small-scale programs, focusing on building your resilience to impacts of climate change and climate variability”, emphasized Limutau Kirisimasi Seumanutafa of MNRE-PUMA in the opening speech. Participants expressed excitement about the timeliness of the Fund to support local programs addressing social, economic and environmental problems arising as from disasters and climate change. A similar workshop is scheduled to take place in May 2017 for Upolu AF Samoa districts. A general application form and brochures will be available on the day as well as from the CSSP office in Apia (NPF Building) The call for proposals from communities closed on the 5th of May.
Adaptation Funds Projects Community Awareness for Upolu
The Call for Proposal Awareness Workshop was held on Wednesday 24th May, 2017 at the TATTE Maota Fono. Organised by the Government of Samoa in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) , the workshop was the next step in their work on building community resilience to impacts of climate change and disasters , supported by the Adaptation Fund. The aim of the workshop was to raise awareness of participants on the Small Grant Scheme, currently open for applications from the 10 eligible communities under the 25 districts of Adaptation Fund project. Through the scheme, communities are encouraged to apply for funding to implement small – scale adaptation initiatives and programs, such as projects that enhances the chance of climate resilience within communities, protects the environment from soil erosion near the coastal areas, and more. The administering of these funds to the eligible communities is coordinated by the Civil Society Support Program (CSSP). Mr. Limutau Kirisimasi Seumanutafa, [Principal Strategic Planning Officer] MNRE-PUMA in his
Orientation with 12 Successful Savaii Communities on Adaptation Funds Projects
Civil Society Support Program in partnership with UNDP and World Bank will be hosting an Orientation program tomorrow 6th July, 2017 @ 9am here at CCSP Conference Room with the 12 villages from Savaii whose proposal have been approved from the Call for Proposal that was conducted for Pre-selected villages of Savaii across 15 districts in April earlier this year for AF. As well as the additional 11 villages under the PPCR Project.
The Purpose of the Orientation is to Award the 12 successful villages from Savaii under the Adaptation Funds Project (AF) and the 11 successful villages from Upolu through the Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience Project (PPCR). Also the signing of contracts in between CSSP and the successful villages, and to brief them on what the next step is in terms of implementation.
The Small Grant Scheme for AF has a competitive nature with each proposal assessed on its relevance to the community priorities. Taupau Joseph Mulipola [Grant Facility Manager, CSSP] stated, “It is important for the communities to align their proposals with the priorities being mentioned in their Community Integrated Management Plans (CIM Plans) to develop a strong proposal”.
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