Environmental and Social Impact Assessment - Funafuti

May 2, 2021

The Government of Tuvalu (GoT) has received funding from the Green Climate Fund (GCF) for the Tuvalu Coastal Adaptation Project (TCAP) which has the overall objective of reducing the vulnerability of Tuvalu to the impacts of coastal hazards associated with climate change. In turn, the islands of Nanumaga, Nanumea and Funafuti will be subject to the construction of hard and soft coastal protection infrastructure to reduce inundation and coastal erosion.  

The proposed works at Funafuti were screened during the restructure of the GCF project (June 2019) and have been classified as ‘moderate risk’ according to UNDP Social and Environmental Standards. Moderate risk projects are those that include activities with potentially adverse social and environmental risks and impacts, but which are limited in scale, can be identified with a reasonable degree of certainty, and can be addressed through application of standard best practice, mitigation measures, and stakeholder engagement during project implementation.  

This ESIA has been prepared in response to Tuvaluan law and overall aim is to provide an Environmental and Social Impact Assessment for all project elements on Funafuti, including ancillary sites and activities for the works. It provides a description of the baseline conditions and details the predicted qualitative and quantitative impacts of the project activities. It also provides the set of mitigation, monitoring, and institutional measures to be taken during the implementation of TCAP.

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