Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Project Focuses on Gender


15 March 2013

The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has announced that the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change (PACC) project, jointly funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), is making gender a key consideration in its efforts to build resilience to climate change in Pacific island countries.

According to SPREP, when national adaptation activities are designed, gender-sensitive criteria and indicators are utilized to measure potential impacts or benefits of the activities at both community and national levels.

The PACC project covers 14 participating countries and helps develop three key areas that build resilience to climate change in Pacific communities: Fiji, Palau, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands focus on food production and food security; Cook Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Samoa, Tokelau and Vanuatu are developing coastal management capacity; and Nauru, Niue, the Republic of Marshall Islands, Tonga and Tuvalu are looking to strengthen their water resource management.

The UN Development Programme (UNDP) is the implementing agency and SPREP is the project’s implementing partner. The four-year project will be completed in 2013. [SPREP Press Release] [PACC Project Website]