The first sub-regional workshop of CCCI Pacific demonstration cities was held in Suva, Fiji 1st -3rd June 2011 building momentum for local government to better respond to climate change in the Pacific Region. The workshop has brought over 35 participants representing Fiji, Kiribati, Papua New Ginea, Samoa, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, with observers from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), and Wellington City Council. The workshop was organized by UN-HABITAT in collaboration with the Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF) Pacific.
The workshop aimed to build the capacity of national teams in CCCI Pacific demonstration cities to undertake independently and in a participatory manner, Climate Change National Scoping Studies (NSS) and City Vulnerability and Adaptation Assessments (V&AA). Throughout the workshop participants identified approaches to localising methodologies to best suit local needs and circumstances, whilst better linking the urban sector into national climate change policy frameworks. In the way forward, workshop participants voiced their request to further continue CCCI capacity building activities in the Pacific to better support developing local climate change resilient strategies and action planning.