Climate Change Policy and Action Plan for Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management for Tuvalu
- Published on 09 July 2012
The policy and action plan have been developed to help small island nations like Tuvalu to clearly identify strategic priorities, roles and responsibilities to reducing the country's vulnerability to climate change and disaster risks and impacts .
The NCCP is an overarching and cross cutting national strategy covering all sectors that are vulnerable to climate change and disaster risks at the national level. It prescribes the country's strategic policies for responding to climate change impacts and related risks over the next 15 years.
Coordinated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Environment, extensive community consultations to develop the policy began in mid-2011 with technical expertise from the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC). The resulting policy defines seven thematic goals, strategies and desired outcomes that the Government and the people of Tuvalu have prioritised for implementation to ensure that safety and resilience are achieved.
Tuvalu Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Environment, Mr Tapugao Falefou, said that the NCCP and NSAP solve the problem of duplicating work for separate but related projects in the country, saving many efforts and resources from many individual projects aiming to achieve the same goal.
The approval of the two documents is also significant for the Tuvalu Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change (PACC) project.
PACC Tuvalu Coordinator, Ms Loia Tausi, says that the policy and action plan will be instrumental in implementing several of the project's initiatives.
"Implementing PACC initiatives has been a challenge as priorities were not clearly defined and coordination and responsibilities were not fully understood by various state and non-state actors," she said.
"The policy and action plan will enable PACC and other projects to addressing government priorities in climate change while also dealing with the more immediate climate change risks that communities are facing."
"Such documents encompass all the needs and requirements of the nation, clearly identifying to whom, how and what type of initiative will help the people better adapt to climate change impacts," said Ms Tausi.
She added that Tuvalu is at the forefront of climate change impacts and that it is vital to mainstream climate change across government sectoral policies to ensure that the issue is owned by all state actors and not just the Environment Department.
The policy and action plan were finalised and approved by national cabinet earlier this year and are now available in both the English and Tuvaluan language.
The PACC Project consists of 14 member Pacific Islands and Territories. PACC in Tuvalu focuses on improving the water infrastructure to assist people to better cope with climate related droughts.
The project is implemented by the UNDP in partnership with the SPREP. It is funded by the Global Environment Facility and the Australian Agency for International Development with support from the United Nations Institute for Training and Research.