Launch Event for the new “Resilience Certificate IV” cohort at the University of the South Pacific (USP)
The University of the South Pacific (USP) in collaboration with the Department of Climate Change, Ministry of Climate Change Adaptation, Meteorology, Geo-Hazards, Environment, Energy and Disaster Management, Vanuatu organised a launch event to congratulate and support the Vanuatu Resilience Certificate IV awardees in August 2021.
The PACRES programme, through its USP component, is supporting a cohort of 19 students, nine from the Solomon Islands and 10 from Vanuatu, for the Resilience Certificate IV training. The participants are expected to be graduate in July 2022.
The Certificate IV in Resilience is subsequent to Certificate III in Resilience (Climate Change Adaptation & Disaster Risk Reduction) course, or equivalent work/volunteer experience. The Resilience Certificates enable participants to develop technical skills and knowledge, to accurately monitor and assess impacts of climate change and natural hazards; identify solutions to reduce these risks; and plan, manage and implement resilience-building projects to reduce damage and losses caused by climate change and natural hazards.
The Certificate IV in government and development partners on a particular field of Resilience. They are also able to contribute to the development of community awareness on matters relating to vulnerability, climate change adaptation, mitigation, and disaster risk reduction, support implementation, and monitoring of Resilience building (CCA and DRR) projects.
Of the 10 participants from Vanuatu, five are from the Department of Climate Change, two are from the National Disaster Management Office, one from the Department of Energy and Department of Water Resources, one from Maro Landscaping and Botanical Gardens (MLBG — a community non-government organization) and one from the Adventist Development & Relief Agency (ADRA — the Seventh Day Adventist NGO).
 Fields of Resilience are: Agriculture, Coastal Management, Energy and Infrastructure, Fisheries, Forestry, Health, Water Resources, and Tourism.