FCG New Zealand is pleased to have won two contracts with Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), to review and provide recommendations to climate change adaptation programmes underway in Vanuatu and Federated States of Micronesia (FSM).
Low-lying Pacific states are some of the most at risk to rising sea levels and increasing prevalence of natural disasters, predicted in a warming climate. Vanuatu and Micronesia are no exception, and both have sought the help of climate adaptation programs to improve their climate-resilient development of the respective nations.
In Vanuatu, the Climate Information Services for Resilient Development in Vanuatu (CISRD) project has been running for four and a half years. It is a full-size Green Climate Fund project having already disbursed US $5.08 million to Vanuatu climate adaptation efforts to date. FCG New Zealand will work with SPREP Climate Change Resilience Programme and Vanuatu Meteorological and GeoHazards Department (VMGD) providing recommendations for the successful continuation of the program.
In Micronesia, the Enhancing the Climate Change Resilience of Vulnerable Island Communities project will run for a total of five years. It was commissioned by the Adaptation Fund (FSM AF) and delivered through SPREP worth US $3.25 million to FSM adaptation projects. FCG New Zealand has an important role to play, working with the Department of Environment, Climate Change and Emergency Management (DECEM), the Project Executing Agency to provide recommendations combatting water shortage and increase community adaptive capacities.
Both of these projects will considerably improve community livelihoods by ensuring equitable adaptation funding and planning, building the resilience of those most at risk to climate impacts. FCG New Zealand is excited to deliver these important evaluations, with our wealth of experience supporting the climate change adaptation responses by our Pacific neighbours.