The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and Germany's Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) signed a five-year, €5 million project ahead of the Third International Conference of Small Island Developing States (SIDS). 'Natural Solutions to Climate Change in the Pacific Islands Region: Implementing Ecosystem-based Adaption' will strengthen Ecosystem based Adaptation (EbA) through activities in Fiji, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu as a way to adapt and build resilience to climate change.
David Sheppard, SPREP Director-General, said the “natural solutions” approach to enhancing Pacific islands' resilience to climate change impacts is a key component of SPREP's platform of helping its 21 Pacific island countries and territories adapt to climate change. "To promote this, we are implementing a 2-year campaign in the region: Natural Solutions for Island Resilience,” he added.
The project will build on EbA work currently being undertaken by SPREP in the Solomon Islands through a USAID-funded project in Choiseul Province. The project will support building capacity at national, sub-regional and local levels to identify non-climate change threats and ecosystem services that are vital for long-term environmental and social resilience to climate change and developmental sustainability at national, provincial and community levels.
Known as Pacific Ecosystem-based Adaptation to Climate Change (PEBACC), the project is part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI), and will end in 2019. [SPREP Press Release]