Adaptation has been an important part of the national dialogue over the last two decades, evidenced by the strong emphasis placed on adaptation in Nauru’s first and second national communications to the UNFCCC in 2001 and 2015 respectively. Additionally, adaptation is the primary focus of Nauru’s Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (iNDC), published in 2015. The iNDC states “Nauru is keen to improve its resilience which has been severely compromised by nearly a century of intensive phosphate mining”, highlighting one of the specific challenges Nauru faces when planning climate change adaptation approaches.
To address the challenges faced by Nauru, this proposal outlines a phased approach to streamline adaptation efforts and develop a robust national adaptation planning process. This proposal aligns closely with Nauru’s National Sustainable Development Strategy (NSDS) 2005 – 2025 (revised in 2019) and builds on The Republic of Nauru Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management Framework (RONAdapt). The RONAdapt will be reviewed and updated during the project to become Nauru’s National Adaptation Plan document.
This proposal addresses the four high level outcomes for adaptation planning set out by the GCF Readiness Guidebook:
• Adaptation planning governance and institutional coordination strengthened
• Evidence basis produced to design adaptation solutions for maximum impact
• Private sector engagement catalysed
• Adaptation finance increased.
The vision/goal statement for this proposal to achieve these outcomes is:
IF Nauru strengthens its governance and institutional coordination; the evidence base relating to climate change impacts, risks and vulnerabilities; its stakeholder engagement processes; and its ability to prioritise adaptation needs, THEN the RONAdapt can provide an effective platform to increase resilience and address vulnerability to climate change in a systematic way BECAUSE Nauru now possesses the information to make evidenced-based decisions and prioritise actions, as well as the capacity, tools and institutions to implement these actions”