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Access to Climate Finance: Lessons Learned and Future Directions for Project Support Facilities in the Pacific

11:30 AM1:00 PM UAE


The Pacific Island Countries (PICs) in general have been relatively successful in accessing climate finance, but the amount of funding flowing into the Pacific is far below what is needed to address the region’s needs. While more funding is needed, a key issue is the supply of fundable and bankable climate change projects and PICs and regional entities have faced numerous constraints in developing projects that meet the stringent requirements of financiers. Recent momentum generated to catalyze private sector investment and use innovative financing including blue and green bonds, blended finance, and other financing mechanisms, calls for additional support to PICs to reach the level of readiness needed to access new finance. This panel will provide an opportunity to reflect on the experience to date in accessing climate finance and share lessons on what has worked well, and what are remaining areas where support is needed in establishing effective project support and preparation facilities in the Pacific. We hope to gain insight from accredited national and regional entities in the Pacific, key government entities, as well as perspectives from the Green Climate Fund as the world’s largest climate fund and the catalytic role it can play in accelerating finance for PICs.


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Kena Vasquez
Director of Climate and Environment Services, DT Global

Setaita Tamanikaiyaroi
Manager Climate & Eco Finance, Fiji Development Bank

Sefanaia Newadra
Director General, Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)

Kushaal Raj
Pacific Policy Director of Conservation International Pacific

Noa Seru
Technical Climate Finance Advisor - Pacific, DT Global

Hidde Bunk
Restructuring and Cancellation Specialist, Green Climate Fund


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