Tuvalu - To strengthen the integration of climate change and disaster risk concerns in Island Strategic Plans, the Tuvalu Coastal Adaptation Project (TCAP) has been working with local councils (Kaupules) and communities, including women and youth, to develop budgeted Island Strategic Plans that are inclusive, climate-smart, and responsive to the needs of different groups.
In Tuvalu, Island Strategic Plans (‘Palani Atiake’) are four-year plans or blueprints which map the key development priorities and outline proposed developments on an island. It was about a decade or so ago (in 2010s) that the first generation of Island Strategic Plans were developed
In contrast to Tuvalu’s national strategies for sustainable development, they are truly locally-led enterprises: developed at the local-level, by Kaupules, with the input of local communities, focused on the aspirations of local people for improving their welfare and livelihoods. While technical expertise is offered from the national government and partners, communities determine their own requirements and needs.
One of the key objectives of the Tuvalu Coastal Adaptation Project is to strengthen awareness and knowledge for resilient coastal management. In support of this, the project has initiated support to help islands to finalise their Island Strategic Plans, and to deliver training to ensure Kaupules and communities are empowered with the knowledge they need to effectively manage climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction into the future. The project has also been working to establish a mechanism to access finance for priority developments.