Capacity Building for the Development of Adaptation Measures in PICs (CBDAMPIC)

Sub-regional Level

Capacity Building for the Development of Adaptation Measures in PICs (CBDAMPIC)


09 March 2012



Capacity Building


Disaster Risk Reduction and Management


USD 1,000,001 - USD 5,000,000


January 2002-December 2005

Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment (SPREP)


Department of Environment or Meteorology (individual countries); National Advisory Committee on Climate Change (NACCC)

Supporters / Donors

Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)

Description of Intervention

The Capacity Building for the Development of Adaptation Measures in Pacific island countries (CBDAMPIC) project focuses on improving the livelihood of Pacific Island people by increasing their adaptive capacity to climate-related risks. This is Canada''s response to the call by Pacific island countries for assistance to develop and implement a capacity building programme that will reduce climate related risks at the national and community level.

Problems to be Addressed

Increase the capabilities of Pacific Island Government Institutions and communities to deal with vulnerabilities to climate change, climatic extremes and adaptive capacity to climate related risks.


To increase the resilience of 16 communities in four Pacific Island countries to the adverse effects of climate change


The purpose of the project is to develop and implement a capacity building programme that will increase the capability of four Pacific Island countries' to reduce climate-related risks at the national and community level.

The two main project outcomes:
First, the activities of the project will mainstream adaptation to climate change into national and sectoral planning and budgeting. Secondly, the project will increase the capacity of communities to adapt to climate-related risks and reduce their vulnerabilities.

How It Fits into the EbA Concept

The project will have significant and lasting impact because it will increase the capabilities of Pacific Island government institutions and communities to deal with vulnerabilities to climate change and climatic extremes.

Results / Outputs

Developed and successfully demonstrated a framework of action that fuses the top-down and bottom-up approach to climate change vulnerability and adaptation assessments and action.

Output 1: Policy and decision makers will be more aware of the threat of climate change to their people''s livelihoods and economic sectors. They will also understand the options that could be put in place at national and community level to increase adaptive capacity.

Output 2: Senior government policy makers will be committed to integrate and mainstream climate change adaptation into national and sectoral policies. To assist in this process, climate change risk management will be incorporated into national planning.

Output 3: Communities will be increasingly aware of their vulnerability to climate change and the traditional and contemporary ways that are available for them to adapt to it.
Output 4: The pilot projects implemented in the selected communities will reduce their vulnerability to climate change-related effects.

Lessons Learned

• Lack of staff and its impact;
• Project finances at national level;
• Project duration was too short;
• Challenges of a participatory climate vulnerability and assessment process;
• The most effective approach to climate change adaptation in the Pacific should represent a mix of national top-down institutional capacity building and bottom-up community-level project implementation;
• Mainstreaming climate change should not mean transferring full climate change adaptation costs to Pacific Island Governments;
• Adaptation to climate change will be manageable and cost-effective when shared and carried out in a collaborative way;
• Climate change adaptation should be pursued for its own merits but long-term success will require factoring climate change adaptation into sustainable development planning at national, regional and international levels;
• Empowering the local community to adapt through a participatory process that combines bottom-up and top-down approaches is the way to go for the Pacific region;
• Capacity building in all facets of climate change needs to be an evolutionary process and every effort should be made to develop the capacity of all ministries and communities to carry out climate change adaptation activities;
• Implementation of climate change adaptation should utilise an open, transparent and highly-participatory process that engages the community in the exploration of options to reduce vulnerability and effectively balance the needs and interests of a variety of stakeholders;
• Cost-effective and culturally appropriate technologies can enhance communities’ resilience to climate-related risks; and
• A conduit to enable community vulnerability and adaptation needs to be mainstreamed into the operational plans of government ministries and departments and international agencies should be established

Upscaling / Outreach Activities

Stage 1: Implementation and Institutional Arrangements for the NAPA Process
Stage 2: Adaptation Assessments through stakeholder consultations at provincial level
Stage 3: Prioritisation of Urgent and Immediate Adaptation Activities
Stage 4: Preparation and Endorsement of National Adaptation Plan

Contact Details

Taito Nakalevu
Project Manager, SPREP