Adaptation Projects

Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change

The PACC Project is designed to promote climate change adaptation as a key prerequisite to sustainable development in Pacific Island Countries. Its objective therefore is to enhance the capacity of the participating countries to adapt to climate change and climate variability, in key development sectors.
The Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change (PACC) project is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), and further funding has been provided by the Australian Government (AusAID) and the United States of America (USAID) for additional activities, with support from UNITAR through the C3D+ programme for developing adaptation measures and capacity building to effectively respond to climate change. It is implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP). The project is from 2009 to 2013.

The PACC project covers 13 participating countries and helps develop three key areas that build resilience to climate change in Pacific communities: Fiji, Palau, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon
Islands focus on Food Production and Food Security; Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Samoa, Tokelau and Vanuatu are developing Coastal Management capacity; and Nauru, Niue, Republic of Marshall Islands, Tonga and Tuvalu are looking to strengthen their water resource management. With the additional resources provided by AusAID and USAID, Kiribati and Tokelau will become participants in PACC.

Further information on PACC can be found in: PACC Site

Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN)

The Asia Pacific Adaptation Network was established in 2009, and SPREP has been an official Sub Regional Node of APAN since 2011.  SPREP’s collaboration with APAN has supported the delivery of on-going training prorammes to Pacific Island Country members, to enhance the delivery of adaptation in the region.   Since 2012, training has been provided in the area of project proposal development, monitoring and evaluation, accessing the Adaptation Fund, and more recently in using communications and knowledge management to enhance adaptation delivery in the region.

SPREP also collaborates with APAN on the development of adaptation related policy briefs and technical papers and participates in the APAN - Asia Pacific Adaptation Forum.

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USAID Adaptation Project

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Nansen Initiative

The Nansen Initiative is a state-led, bottom-up consultative process intended to build consensus on the development of a protection agenda addressing the needs of people displaced across international borders in the context of disasters and the effects of climate change. The Nansen Initiative was officially launched in October 2012 by the Governments of Switzerland and Norway. 

In 2013 the Nansen Initiative began its first regional consultation in the Pacific in partnership with the Government of the Cook Islands as well as the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) as requested by our member country. The consultation was held with the participation of government officials, experts and non-governmental organisations (NGOs). In 2014 the initiative also held on consultation with NGOs from the region. 
The outcome of the meeting had lead to a continuation of work by the Nansen Initiative through the secondment of a Nansen Initiative staff member hosted at the SPREP campus including the development of a series of research papers. The Nansen Initiative in partnership with SPREP continues to assist Pacific islands countries strengthen its national and regional priorities through the development of policies and enhancing skills through regional capacity building activities. 

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