Climate Resilient Islands

Climate Resilient Islands Programme portal

Climate change is rapidly transforming life in the Pacific.

Climate Resilient Islands is working with rural communities in Fiji, Tonga, Vanuatu, Tuvalu, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea to strengthen community resilience to the impacts of climate change through nature-based approaches.

The programme has three interconnected outcome areas:

  1. Improved ecological resilience through nature-based land management
  2. Enhanced community resilience through nature-based livelihoods and food security
  3. Improved community preparedness and resilience to climate-related disasters

The Climate Resilient Islands Programme is being implemented in 6 countries

Community Resilience Profile & Planning

The Climate Resilient Islands programme is working with 65 rural communities in Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu to strengthen community resilience to climate change through nature-based approaches.

The programme uses a complex range of approaches and concepts, combining a diversity of activities communities can use to explore the interdependence of people and ecosystems, understand ecological complexity and develop nature-based plans for adaptation and resilience.

The CRI Toolkit details the approaches helping create climate resilience across CRI partner communities.

Absorb Adapt Transform CRI 3symbols

Throughout the Climate Resilient Islands programme, we think about how three different things are combined when working with climate resilience: absorptive capacity, adaptive capacity, transformational capacity.

These are symbolised in the programme by the coconut palm, crab and butterfly. These three capacities relate to the levels of challenges communities face and the changes required to meet these challenges throughout all six partner countries in the CRI programme.

Climate Resilient Islands Communities Engaged

Communities engaged in the programme determine priorities and plans for strengthened resilience through pathways such as:

  1. Intergenerational Indigenous land management
  2. Ecological resilience
  3. Restoration and strengthening of resilient local food systems
  4. Access to small resilience grants to strengthen or establish community livelihoods
  5. Disaster preparedness training

Climate Resilient Islands

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Indigenous Knowledge Learning Programme

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Disaster preparedness in Tuvalu CRI communities

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Disaster preparedness in Tongan CRI communities

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Income and expenses in Tuvalu communities

Climate Resilient Islands

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Climate Resilient Islands is a New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade initiative, implemented by Live & Learn with funding from the New Zealand Government.