4th November, 2020 – As the GCF-VCP approaches the end of its third year of implementation, GCF-VCP Government Partners comprising of the Implementing Agencies (IAs): Ministry of Works, Transport and Infrastructures (MWTI); Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE); Ministry of Health (MOH) and Land Transport Authority (LTA), Ministry of Women Community and Social Development (MWCSD), Samoa Water Authority (SWA), Civil Society Support Programme (CSSP) and Samoa Business Hub (SBH) and the Accredited Entity (AE)/UNDP, gathered for a two-day annual GCF-VCP work planning and budgeting event/activity under the leadership of the Ministry of Finance (MoF), the Executing Entity and facilitated by the GCF-Project Management Unit (PMU). The event took place from the 4th to 5th of November, 2020, at the Taumeasina Island Resort Conference Room at Moata’a. The Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Finance (MoF) and Chairman of the GCF-VCP Board, Leasiosiofa’asisina Oscar Malielegaoi, gave the keynote address to officially commence the workshop.
The joint Annual Multi-Year Work Planning and Budgeting event, intended to review and realign planned and proposed activities and sub-activities to validate a detailed GCF-VCP Multi-Year and Annual Work Plan and Budget for the remaining years starting from 2021. Furthermore, this provides a huge impact on resourcing requirements for the successful implementation of the three Major Outputs in achievement of the GCF-VCP overall objective.
The three major Outputs which assists the Government of Samoa’s (GoS) initial steps in operationalizing a comprehensive flood management solution:
- Assessments and mechanisms in place for an integrated approach to reduce vulnerability towards flood-related risks;
- Infrastructure in the Vaisigano River are flood-proofed to increase resilience to negative effects of excessive water; and
- Drainage in downstream areas upgraded for increased regulation of water flows
The GCF-VCP is a 6 years project intended to improve the climate resilient of the Vaisigano River Catchment Area, co-funded by GCF and GoS with total funding of USD65.7 million. The GCF investments are directed to an integrated approach to flood management and natural disaster risk reduction known as “Integrated Flood Management to Enhance Climate Resilience of the Vaisigano River Catchment in Samoa”, referred to as GCF-VCP. It is Samoa’s multi-sectoral, complex and largest project to date, executed by MoF/GCF-PMU alongside IAs together with collaborating partners.