Review of Current and Planned Adaptation Action: The Pacific

Rosemary Dohan, Hilary Hove, Daniella Echeverría, Anne Hammill, Jo-Ellen Parry
Created: 11/29/2011 -

Abstract

Growing understanding of the need to adapt to the impacts of climate change has led to a significant rise in ongoing and planned adaptation action in the developing regions of the world, including the Pacific. This upsurge in climate change adaptation action is a welcome occurrence, but enhanced coordination among expanding networks of adaptation actors is needed to ensure resources are deployed quickly and effectively. Responding to this concern, a review of current and planned adaptation action in the Pacific was undertaken by the Adaptation Partnership1 between October 2010 and April 2011. This review covered the countries of the Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. The review identified: priority adaptation needs; efforts by governments to support adaptation though policy and planning; the scope of international support for adaptation efforts in different countries and sectors; and potential gaps in adaptation efforts at the country and regional level. This review of adaptation action in the Pacific is one of 12 profiles covering regions of Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America and the Caribbean completed by the Adaptation Partnership.

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Organization(s)

At the Petersberg Ministerial Climate Dialogue hosted by the governments of Germany and Mexico in May 2010, Costa Rica, Spain, and the United States identifi ed a need for development practitioners to share information and lessons on adaptation efforts. The three countries took on the role of chairing a global Adaptation Partnership. Since then, over 50 developing and developed countries have participated in the Partnership to identify common adaptation priorities and improve coordination of efforts to scale up action and financing for adaptation.

Keywords

Scale
Regional / Subnational
Sector Addressed
Conservation / Restoration
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy
Natural Resource Management / Conservation
Incorporate future conditions into natural resources planning and policies
Reduce local climate or related change
Capacity Building
Infrastructure, Planning, and Development
Infrastructure retrofitting and improvements
Buildings: retrofitting and improvements
Managed retreat of built infrastructure, relocation of people/communities
Community Planning (developing climate-smart communities)
Governance and Policy
Target Climate Changes and Impacts
Air temperature
Biodiversity
Diseases or parasites
Economics
Erosion
Fishery harvest
Flooding
Infrastructure damage
Precipitation
Public health risks
Salinization / Saltwater intrusion
Sea level rise
Species of concern
Storms or extreme weather events
Water quality
Water supply
Region
International