Mid Term Review of the Finnish Pacific Project (FINPAC) for Reduced Vulnerability of the Pacific Island Country Villagers’ Livelihoods to the Effects of Climate Change

The Finnish Pacific Project (FINPAC) was a four year project funded by the Government of Finland and regionally coordinated through the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environmental Programme (SPREP). The project aimed to deliver the following two inter-connected results: Result 1 - Improved and new weather and climate forecasts and warnings by National Meteorological Services (NMSs) in each of the participating Pacific countries. Result 2 - Improved ability of the NMSs to respond to the needs of villages with regard to hazardous weather and climate change. FCG carried out the Mid Term Review of the project, providing recommendations to improve implementation and to improve the sustainability of the results.
Due to their high climate change risk profiles, the majority of the Pacific Island states have made strong political commitments for global action on climate change. The adaptation approach developed through FINPAC was based on the development of the capacity of the National Meteorological Services (NMSs) to respond to the growing needs of communities to prepare and respond to the changing and severe weather patterns and climate trends using improved services. The successful achievement of the aforementioned results therefore contributes to the realisation of the overall objective of "Reduced vulnerability of the Pacific Island Country villagers' livelihoods to the effects of Climate Change". FINPAC has implemented the activities via partnerships - through hands on training programmes, effective participation at the discussions of critical issues on the improvement of weather and climate services to the region at key regional meetings and the introduction of new weather forecasting systems at the National Meteorological Services. The objectives of the MTR were: 1. Evaluation of the performance of the project in achieving its objectives, including a summary and analysis by each indicator; to what extent have the objectives been achieved; 2. The lessons learned on the implementation through feedback from primary and final beneficiaries of the project, the National Meteorological Services (NMSs) and communities together with IFRC (International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies); 3. Recommendations for follow-up action in order to support the last phase / phase out of the project and to guarantee the sustainability of the results

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