Pacific Climate Change Resources

"A clearinghouse of pacific climate change web resources, documents and lessons learned”


United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) - Clearinghouse mechanisms
UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COPs)
SPREP climate change programme and resources
Selected documents and reports - (incl. resources for schools)
Lessons learned and best practices: climate change
Databases and web resources relating to climate change in the Pacific

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) - Clearinghouse mechanisms

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The website contains:

18 international funding initiatives, fully documented (with a summary table listing key attributes of each fund)
An overview diagram of the international architecture of funds
A separate webpage on a range of proposed funds
834 operational climate change projects on a searchable data base

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to disseminate the latest findings from scientific research on climate change, including elements related to its environmental, social, economic and policy aspects in a way that allow them to be understood by the non-specialist audience. This will take place by means of books, book chapters, journal articles and information via the media;

to undertake education, communication and awareness-raising projects on matters related to climate change in both industrialised and developing countries in cooperation with UN agencies, universities, scientific institutions, government bodies, NGOs and other stakeholders;

to network people and organisations ways to discuss the problems, barriers, challenges and chances and potentials related to communication on climate change

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Alert services , newsletters and bulletins

UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COPs)

- BRIEFING: Climate Change Conference: Outcomes and next steps [SPREP] (En) / (Fr)

SPREP climate change programme and resources

Selected documents and reports

Adaptation to and mitigation of climate change in the agriculture and forestry sector - collection of best practices [SPC/GTZ] (2010; 1.17mb)

Adapting to climate change : incorporating climate change adaptation into development activities in Pacific island countries: a set of guidelines for policymakers and development planners [SPREP] (2000; 8mb)

- Coping with Climate Change in the Pacific Island Region (CCCPIR). Sector Report: Sustainable Tourism and Climate Change - GTZ Appraisal Mission.

- Coping with Climate Change in the Pacific Island Region. Sector Report: Energy Component - GTZ Appraisal Mission.

- Coping with Climate Change in the Pacific Island Region (CCCPIR): Sector Report: Adaptation to Climate Change related to Marine- and Land-based Natural Resources - GTZ Appraisal Mission.

- Coping with Climate Change in the Pacific Island Region (CCCPIR): Institutional and Donor Coordination Framework - GTZ Appraisal Mission

- Coping with Climate Change in the Pacific Island Region (CCCPIR): Main Report - GTZ Appraisal Mission

Pacific Islands Action Plan for the Implementation of the Pacific Islands Framework for Action on Climate Change 2006-2015 (222kb)

Pacific Islands Framework for Action on Climate Change 2006-2015 [SPREP] (2005; 208kb) and Action Plan (2008; 42kb) for SAP RL ED Final.pdf

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Resources for schools

Adaptation Learning Mechanism [climate change adaptation] country profiles
Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia , Fiji , Kiribati , Marshall Islands , Nauru , Niue , Palau , Papua New Guinea , Samoa , Solomon Islands , Tonga , Tuvalu , Vanuatu

Climate Lab profiles
American Samoa; Commonwealth of Northern Marianas; Cook Islands; Federated States of Micronesia; Fiji; French Polynesia; Guam; Kiribati; Marshall Islands; Nauru; New Caledonia; Niue; Palau; Papua New Guinea; Samoa; Solomon Islands; Timor-Lesté; Tonga; Tuvalu; and, Vanuatu

Climate Risk Profiles
Cook Islands (2005; 534kb) , Federated States of Micronesia (2005; 474kb) , Samoa (2006; 754kb) / Samoa updated (2007; 421kb)

see also Climate Change in the Federated States of Micronesia Food and Water Security, Climate Risk Management, and Adaptive Strategies [UH] (2010; 1.47mb)

Disasters and Climate Variability in the Pacific Islands: WORLD BANK regional stocktake- Country Assessments:
Fiji , Kiribati , Marshall Islands , Papua New Guinea , Solomon Islands , Timor-Leste , Vanuatu

National Capacity Self Assessment (NCSA)
Thematic Assessment Reports:
Climate Change: Cook Islands (2007;1.22mb), Kiribati (2007; 720kb),Niue (2008;204kb) , Palau Pt1 / Pt2 (2007) , Samoa (2006; 472kb), Solomon Islands (416kb) see also Solomon Islands (214kb) , Tonga (2007?; 918kb)

Final NCSA Report:
Kiribati (2009; 1.07mb) , Papua New Guinea (2010; 618kb) , Solomon Islands (2008; 273kb)

National Communications Support Programme [Climate] Profiles [UNDP]
Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati , Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Samoa , Solomon Islands, Tonga , Tuvalu, Vanuatu

Sea Level & Climate: their present state: Country reports
Cook Islands (2006; 2.07mb), Federated States of Micronesia (2006; 2.11mb), Fiji (2006; 2.76mb), Kiribati (2006; 1.94mb), Marshall Islands (2006; 2.08mb), Nauru (2006; 2.1mb), Niue (2006; 979kb), Palau (2006; 2.16mb), Papua New Guinea (2006; 2.04mb), Samoa (2006; 2.07mb), Solomon Islands (2006; 2.07mb), Tonga (2006; 2.26mb), Tuvalu (2006; 2.14mb), Vanuatu (2006; 2.51mb)

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
(i) First National Communications and In-depth Reviews
Cook Islands (2000; 1.66mb), Federated States of Micronesia (1997; 199kb), Fiji (2005; 6.29mb), Kiribati (1999; 823kb) , Marshall islands (2000; 1.91mb), Nauru (1999; 1.27mb), Niue (2000; 3.09mb) , Papua New Guinea (2000; 1.53mb), Samoa (1999; 784kb), Solomon Islands (2001; 2.12mb), Tonga (2005; 4.03mb), Tuvalu (1999; 5.37mb), Vanuatu (1999; 583kb)

(ii) Second National Communications
Samoa (2008; 3.93mb), Tonga (2010; 1.2mb)

(iii) National Action Plans on Adaptation (NAPA)
Kiribati (2007; 1.66mb), Samoa (2005; 473kb), Synthesis Report (2004; 1.93mb) and framework (2004; 402kb), Solomon Islands (2008; 5.01mb), Tuvalu (2007; 2.2mb), Vanuatu (2007; 7.2mb)

see also Tonga Joint National Action Plan (JNAP) on Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management (CCA & DRM) 2010 - 2015 (2010; 1.2mb)

Lessons learned and best practices: climate change

Action on the ground: A synthesis of activities in the areas of education,
training and awareness-raising for adaptation
[UNFCCC] (2010; 2.3mb)

Adaptation to and mitigation of climate change in the agriculture and forestry sector - collection of best practices [SPC/GTZ] (2010; 1.17mb)

Adapting to Coastal Climate Change: A Guidebook for Development Planners (2009; 18mb) ; Summary (3.93mb)

Climate change adaptation in the Pacific: lessons learned from variability and extreme events / Eileen Shea (2004; 3.44mb)

Climate change information for effective adaptation : a practioner's manual [GTZ] (2009; 911kb)

Understand the links between livelihoods and climate in their project areas;
Assess a project’s impact on community-level adaptive capacity; and
Make project adjustments to improve its impact on adaptive capacity and reduce the vulnerability of communities to climate change.

 Databases and web resources relating to climate change in the Pacific

Adaptation Learning Mechanism
The ALM is mapping good practices, providing information, building knowledge and networks on climate change adaptation. The Global Environment Facility (GEF) is the main financer of the ALM. UNDP is implementing the project in partnership with the UNFCCC-Secretariat, the World Bank, UNEP and FAO as the core partners. The adverse impacts of climate change affect core development needs, including access to drinking or irrigation water, food security, and public health. Adaptation is, therefore, part of development and cannot be addressed in isolation. - see pacific resources

Adapting to Climate Change in the Pacific Island Region [GTZ project website]
On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), GTZ is supporting partner governments in Tonga, Vanuatu and Fiji, as well as the regional organisation, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), in their efforts to integrate climate change into their strategies and policies. The programme concentrates on farming, forestry and land use planning.

Alofa Tuvalu [Tuvalu climate change awareness and education website]

Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange
A searchable database of more than 100 case studies on managing natural systems to adapt to climate change is now online at Many of the case studies pertain to coastal and marine ecosystems. The database and website are provided by the Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange project (CAKE), a joint initiative of Island Press and EcoAdapt.

Climate change in the Pacific Islands
Resource site maintained by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. see also Pacific Islands Climate Change Cooperative

The Climate Community (UNDPCC)
A knowledge platform to promote capacity development of policy makers working directly with activities related to climate change adaptation and mitigation. see country profiles .

Climate Funds Update
A free website organizes new information on funding opportunities for climate change initiatives
With tables, charts, graphs, and maps, simplifies learning about climate change funding for developing countries. Throughout the site, colorful graphs, charts, and maps provide visual aids, useful for comparing country contributions and understanding where funds are going. A resources page links to relevant news commentaries, publications, and websites. Sponsored in part by ODI, Climate Funds Update has just completed a comprehensive update on all 21 climate change funds, including information on funds pledged, deposited and disbursed, project-level information, and updated tables and graphs. The website also launched a new page that tracks Fast Start Finance pledges made by donor countries

Climate Lab
Climate Lab's mission is to develop web-based tools for knowledge sharing and collaboration that drive action to address climate change. Climate Lab includes a webresource dedicated to small island developing states.

Hazards, Climate & Environment Program (HCEP)
The Hazards, Climate & Environment Program (HCEP) works with local and regional stakeholders and experts in physical and biological science, engineering, and social and cultural knowledge to assess risk and vulnerability from hazards, climate and environmental degradation and to develop risk reduction methods to build resilient communities.

Marshall Islands Climate Change website
This site provides various information related to the Marshall Island's implementation of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and other climate change issues. It has been prepared as part of the Republic of the Marshall Islands Environmental Protection Authority (RMIEPA) implementation of the Pacific Islands Climate Change Assistance Programme (PICCAP).

One of the clear priorities was the need to enhance the ability of NMSs to provide seasonal climate prediction services. The needs analysis report included a project concept that would not only enhance NMS proficiency in seasonal forecasting but would also build expertise in the prudent use of the forecasts.

In response to this identified need, the Australian overseas aid and development agency, AusAID, in collaboration with the Australian Bureau of Meteorology developed a project plan for enabling participating PICs to generate and make use of seasonal predictions.



Water and Wastewater Asset Management: Water supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) including RainWater? Harvesting (RWH) and appropriate water and wastewater technologies, drinking Water Safety Planning (WSP), Water Demand Management (WDM)

Water Governance: Pacific Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) programme, and the Pacific Partnership Initiative on Sustainable Water Management

The information portal also includes several features to keep you well informed and updated on what is happening on water, sanitation and hygiene in the Pacific Island Countries. Includes country profiles.

Papua New Guinea Office of Climate Change and Carbon Trade

PEAC: The Pacific ENSO Applications Climate (PEAC) Center
The Pacific ENSO Applications Climate (PEAC) Center was established in August 1994 as a multi-institutional partnership, to conduct research and produce information products on climate variability related to the El Niño - Southern Oscillation (ENSO) climate cycle in the U.S.-Affiliated Pacific Islands (USAPI). PEAC's core members are the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - Office of Global Programs (NOAA/OGP), NOAA National Weather Service - Pacific Region (NWS-PR), the University of Hawaii - School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology UH/SOEST, the University of Guam - Water and Environmental Research Institute (UOG/WERI), and a regional association of the USAPI Governments, the Pacific Basin Development Council (PBDC).

SEREAD (Scientific Educational Resources and Experience Associated with the Deployment of Argo profiling floats in the South Pacific Ocean) is an educational program and resource that provides regionally relevant and focused ocean science that is built upon Argo data in a format that fits directly into existing curricula of Pacific Island schools. SEREAD teaches basic scientific fundamentals in a hands-on approach using examples that build on Pacific students' everyday observations and experiences.

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