Climate change is rapidly transforming life in the Pacific.
While Pacific people have adapted to environmental variation for thousands of years, the scale and speed of climate change today presents unique challenges to resilience at the community level, especially the adaptation to more intense natural hazards.
Climate Resilient Islands is working with rural communities in Fiji, Tonga, Vanuatu, Tuvalu, Solomon Islands and PNG to strengthen community resilience to the impacts of climate change through nature-based approaches.
The programme has three interconnected outcome areas:
- Improved ecological resilience through nature-based land management
- Enhanced community resilience through nature-based livelihoods and food security
- Improved community preparedness and resilience to climate-related disasters
Communities engaged in the programme determine priorities and plans for strengthened resilience through pathways such as:
- Intergenerational Indigenous land management
- Ecological resilience
- Restoration and strengthening of resilient local food systems
- Access to small resilience grants to strengthen or establish community livelihoods
- Disaster preparedness training
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.