Effective and responsive island-level governance to secure and diversify climate resilient marine-based coastal livelihoods and enhance climate hazard response capacity

Project Summary

This project will focus on implementing three such priorities outlined in its NAPA, namely strengthening of community based conservation programmes on highly vulnerable near-shore marine ecosystems, adaptation to near-shore coastal shellfish fisheries resources and coral reef ecosystem productivity, and strengthening community disaster preparedness and response potential.” The Objective of the project is to strengthen the resilience of island communities to climate change variability and risks  through participatory island-level planning, budgeting and execution and community-led investments.

What are the project’s goal?

The project comprises three main outcomes:

  • Component 1 Marine based coastal livelihoods of Tuvaluan outer islands made resilient to declining productivity induced by climate variability and change. Includes activities for building resilience in marine-based livelihoods to climate impacts through an integrated package of measures that seek to enhance traditional fishing practices and food preservation techniques, facilitate a shift in fishing practices from vulnerable reef resources to more resilient pelagic resources, and strengthen community management of reef resources. These adaptation measures will be supported by targeted education, awareness raising and information exchange.
  • Component 2: Capacity of outer islands enhanced to respond to increasing/intensifying climate induced hydro-meteorological risks. This component will focus on improving access to disaster early warning systems for people on outer islands. This will include establishing multiple communication channels, both at the national and outer island levels, to ensure reliable communications in the face of intensifying cyclone events in a changing climate, and building community capacity to take advantage of the improved communication systems.
  • Component 3 Enhanced capacity of communities to access internal/external financing for community-based climate change adaptation through existing participatory development planning processes. This component will focus on integrating locally-specific climate change concerns into existing outer Island Strategic Plans and building capacities of outer island administrations and communities to identify, budget, execute and monitor adaptation investments that are financed by domestic and external resources. This will be supplemented by enhanced awareness among the central government agencies about their existing domestic expenditures on climate sensitive sectors and the adaptation gaps. It is expected that enhanced capacity to guide the future adaptation financing at the outer island level using the climate-smart Island Strategic Plans and to identify gaps and potential adaptation financing at the national level will enable the Government of Tuvalu to effectively combine and sequence available resources to reduce the vulnerability of the country to the impacts of climate change. 

Who Finances it?

Global Environment Facility’s Least Developed Country Fund (LCDF)
Total Budget: US$4.2 million

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