Climate Resilient Islands


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 and PNG to strengthen community resilience to the impacts of climate change through nature-based approaches.

The programme has three interconnected outcome areas:

  1. Protection, restoration and maintenance of ecosystems
  2. Climate resilient food systems
  3. Strengthened preparedness to intensified natural hazards

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

  • Intergenerational Indigenous knowledge sharing
  • Payments for ecosystems services (PES) models
  • Protected marine and conservation areas
  • Restoration and strengthening of Indigenous resilient local food systems
  • Access to small grant to strengthen or establish community livelihoods

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.