To Provide for Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Efforts, Address Compact of Free Association Migration, and Training for Natural Disasters
Tanya Harris Joshua 202-208-6008
WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 29, 2016) – Today U.S. Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas Esther Kia'aina approved $2.4 million in grant funding for climate adaptation and resiliency initiatives, including food and water security, and Micronesian One Stop Resource Centers.
"Climate change adaptation and resiliency needs, migration under the Compacts of Free Association, and disaster planning preparedness continue to be pressing priorities for the region," said Assistant Secretary Kia'aina. "We are pleased to provide assistance to and partner with those communities most impacted and the organizations that can help us address these important issues."
Technical Assistance Program (TAP) grants awarded this week are as follow:
Maintenance Assistance Program (MAP) grants awarded this week are as follow:
The Secretary of the Interior is responsible for coordinating federal policy with respect to the territories of the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and administering and overseeing U.S. federal assistance provided to the freely associated states of the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau under the Compacts of Free Association. On behalf of the Secretary, the Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas executes these responsibilities through the Office of Insular Affairs whose mission is to foster economic opportunities, promote government efficiency, and improve the quality of life for the people of the insular areas.