The platform comprises a variety of stakeholders, such as government, civil society and non-governmental organisations, and is open to members of the public.
The meeting provides updates and reports on climate change related activities and disaster risk management activities at the local, national, regional and global scales.
The gathering on Monday afternoon, however, will see the launch and commencement of a series of consultations that will cover the development of both a National Climate Change Policy and a Cook Islands Country Programme under the Green Climate Fund.
The Cook Islands Country Programme is being prepared as a coordinated approach by all stakeholders to strengthen the country’s response to the potentially adverse impacts of climate change.
Consultant Elizabeth Wright-Koteka says, “the Country Programme facilitates the process of engaging with stakeholders to identify practical steps that could enable the implementation of priorities that could potentially be supported by the Green Climate Fund”.
The Cook Islands Country Programme will contain a wide range of projects and programmes to be financed by the Green Climate Fund and other sources of climate financing.
Those who are interested in finding out more on these two important areas of work, are welcome to attend and participate in the platform meeting as this is an opportunity to collaborate and share knowledge, as well as ideas towards building a climate resilient Cook Islands.
The platform meeting is the start of the consultation process with further consultations scheduled to take place in Matavera, Ngatangiia, Titikaveka, Rutaki, Puaikura and Nikao from August 13 to 21.
Light refreshments will be provided courtesy of Ruatonga Youth.