Adaptation innovations showcased at project review meeting
- Published on 28 August 2013
"The projects are producing a wealth of experience, lessons and innovations," said Regional Project Coordinator Taito Nakalevu. "Our task now is to capture and share these throughout the region. This will be one of the key activities for the next 18 months."
The showcased tools illustrate the diversity of the PACC project. The Cook Islands Coastal Calculator is a tool to help with designing climate-proof infrastructure. In the Cook Islands, where the PACC project is assisting with design and building of a harbour on Mangaia Island, the Coastal Calculator will help ensure that the harbour can withstand assault from cyclones and storm surges well into the future. The 3-D mapping tool, by contrast, is an aid to engaging communities and enabling their participation in decision making. In the Vanuatu project, this has been used in deciding on whether to relocate roads and villages further inland. Meanwhile, in Fiji, engaging community facilitators as a link between the project team and communities has proven to be a masterstroke, enhancing community ownership as well as sustainability of the project.
"We will be gathering and documenting these tools into a 'PACC toolbox'," said Gabor Vereczi, UNDP Regional Technical Advisor and member of the PACC Project Board. "One aim of the PACC project is to lay foundations for successful adaptation in the region, and these tools are an important part of that."
As the PACC project enters its final 18 months, the review meeting was preoccupied with consolidating experiences and results thus far and ensuring up-scaling and sustainability of achievements beyond the end of the project.
The PACC project is a partnership between several key regional agencies and national agencies and communities in 14 Pacific island countries and territories. It is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) and the Australian Government (AusAID), with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) as its implementing agency and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) as regional implementing partner.