Construction of the Pacific Climate Change Centre begins!
The Pacific island region is only 13 months away from having its’ very own Pacific Climate Change Centre hosted at the
Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme in Samoa.
The ground breaking ceremony signified the start of construction of the PCCC funded by the Government of Japan through
grant aid to the Government of Samoa. The PCCC will be the regional centre of excellence for climate change information,
research and innovation.
“The construction of the Pacific Climate Change Centre is now open!” said the Prime Minister of Samoa, Hon Tuilaepa Dr
Sailele Malielegaoi at the special event.
It is planned that construction of the Pacific Climate Change Centre will end in July, 2019.
A Steering Committee drawn from a wide range of key stakeholders including SPREP Member countries, partners, donors,
agencies of the Council of the Region Organisations of the Pacific (CROP) and the Government of Japan is currently
consulting with a view to finalise the details of the role and functions of the PCCC, as well as its governance
structure and budget.
“The PCCC will be a major asset in SPREP’s contribution to the Pacific region in terms of effective climate action and
most importantly, in meeting the expectations of Members that such action will progress national efforts to achieve
their climate change priorities,” said Director General of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme
(SPREP), Mr Kosi Latu.
The cost of the construction of the PCCC is estimated at just under USD 8 Million dollars. The construction will be
undertaken by the Japanese construction company, Konoike Company Ltd.
The building itself will be constructed according to green guidelines which includes 50% of the energy to be driven by
solar panels with the hope that it will be powered 100% by renewable energy in the future. It is intended to be a
showcase of sustainable building technology in the Pacific.
“We all agree in the necessity of taking a holistic and long-term approach to addressing climate change,” said H.E.
Maugaoleatuolo Shinya Aoki, Japanese Ambassador to Samoa.
“To this end, Japan intends to provide comprehensive assistance, in collaboration with the lead agency on climate change
in the Pacific Region, SPREP, including the development of the PCCC and capacity-building which supports the efforts for
tackling climate change by the Pacific region as a whole.”
The special day also commemorated the launch of the 25 Year Anniversary of SPREP which was established as an independent
organisation based in Samoa through the signing of the SPREP Agreement in June, 1993.
“I would like to acknowledge at this significant time the hugely important role that Hon. Prime Minister Tuilaepa has
personally played firstly in the establishment of SPREP itself here in Samoa, and the provision of a place for SPREP to
proudly stand in the Pacific among its Members, secondly, as the region’s foremost champion for the need of a Pacific
Climate Change Centre, and thirdly as the principal host of the Centre, here in Samoa on the SPREP campus,” said Mr
The ground breaking ceremony and launch of the 25 Years of SPREP celebrations took place before a wide number of guests
including Ministers of the Government of Samoa, Diplomatic Corp, development partners and the Pacific Community (SPC).
For more information on the Pacific Climate Change Centre, please visit: https://www.sprep.org/pacific-climate-change-centre/home