SPREP, Germany Sign €5 Million EbA Project

RELEASE DATE

31 August 2014

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]

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