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Climate Resilience Monitoring and Evaluation course launched at University of the South Pacific – Tonga Campus

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 01/07/2019

The MEIDECC CEO – Paula Ma’u this morning launched a post-graduate unit – Climate Resilience Monitoring and Evaluation course at the University of the South Pacific aimed at improving the understanding and skills of government officials, NGO and Civil Society representatives participating in the course.

Approximately 20 representatives from government ministries, NGO’s and Civil Societies are taking part in this Climate Resilience Monitoring and Evaluation course which the MEIDECC CEO – Paula Ma’u says Tonga is lucky to be a part of.

He said this Climate Resilience Monitoring & Evaluation Course is a landmark achievement not just for Tonga, but also the Pacific region, as it is a litmus test that will simultaneously build the capacity of the partcipants and also deliever course work that directly contributes toward the development of a national M & E framework for Tonga’s overarching climate resilience intrument – the JNAP 2.

Dr. Patrina Dumaru is here facilitating the first part of the course over the next two weeks. She says this is the 2nd cohort of the climate resilience M&E course after it was piloted last year, and this year the focus is on Tonga.

“This year is also different because the student’s assignment is going to be such that they will be combined, collectively developing the M&E system for Tonga’s Joint National Climate Change and Disaster Action Plan – JNAP2. The course is designed to enable students to learn, upskill, as well as apply that skill within their work environment in their offices and in what are the goals that the agencies have set out to do and in this case, with the adoption of JNAP2, there is an objective to develop an M&E system and so this is meeting those policy requirements as well.”

The course will cover global sustainable development, climate change resilience and adaptation, M&E principles with linkages to Tonga’s national sustainable development, and climate change strategies, policies, plans and aims to develop the overarching Tonga JNAP2 M&E system.

“The key aim of this course is to 1) upskill students, 2) they will be able to implement or develop M&E systems within their sectors as well but most importantly we are trying to develop an M&E system with the JNAP and we know that developing M&E systems in the region, especially at aggregate levels, like provincial and national levels, for climate resilience, is non-existent. So this is going to be one of the firsts in the region to be developed and engaging post-graduate students from government departments and civil society organisations. It’s designed in that way because we believe that having staff from government, local national personnel, people within the agencies, to develop the M&E system will increase the ownership and there will be a higher likelihood of it actually being operationalized.”

The first part of the course will be covered over the next 2 weeks then the remainder of the 6 week course will be covered online. This Climate Resilience Monitoring and Evaluation course is looking to develop JNAP2 M&E system through technical support and personnel capacity development and is supported by the USAID’s Climate Ready Project, delivered in partnership with USP.

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