Five Pacific local government practitioners were mobilized to participate in the Pacific Local Government Climate Change Fellowship (PLGCCF) Program (an LGMA and CLGF program aimed at knowledge exchange between Australian and Pacific local government climate change practitioners). The Fellows from Vanuatu, Kiribati and Tuvalu participated in work placements with Australian councils (Townsville City Council, Hunter Group of Councils) for a six week period ending with a presentation at the LGMA International Masterclass. All fellows identified the need for the establishment of more ‘technical twinning’ partnerships to support ongoing capacity building and the implementation of individual action plans. As a result of the PLGCCF program there exists interest by the Australian hosts to support the now returned Pacific fellows through a technical twinning partnership. There is a definite opportunity to use the fellowships to compliment the CCCI Program.
Top Photo: Representatives from Port Vila (Vanuatu) and Betio Town (Kiribati) Councils discuss with colleagues from the Hunter Group of Councils.
Bottom Photo: Uluao (Funafuti Town Council, Tuvalu) and Angela (NCDC-PNG) during a workshop with their mentors from Townsville City Council.