Participants from the Samoan Water Authority, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and other agencies spent three days in Apia learning how to determine the economic costs and benefits of climate change adaptation projects to help them determine the most efficient adaptation investments.
“After [using the adaptation guidelines], I will be able to write a project proposal with the aim of tapping into climate change funds,” said Kirisimasi Seumanutafa, Project Officer for Strategic Planning at Samoa’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.
The USAID Adapt Asia-Pacific project is supporting Samoan communities and public services to combat, and adapt to, climate change through an innovative five-week on-the-job training program that ran from March to April 2014.
The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors today approved a US$14.6 million grant to help 45,000 Samoans who live in coastal communities adapt to climate change and climate variability. The Enhancing the Climate Resilience of Coastal Resources and Communities Project will develop and implement immediate adaptation activities to protect the lives and livelihoods of the people; protect infrastructure and environment; and increase awareness of climate change impacts and adaptation activities among communities, civil society and government.
Building on a strong relationship with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), ADAPT Asia-Pacific is supporting governments from around the region to manage climate change finance. Capacity development activities are underway to support the management of National Climate Funds and Climate Public Expenditure and Institutional Review, and to assist in many aspects of the acquisition, management and monitoring of climate finance.
The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction Secretariat (UNISDR) has released a study on disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CAA) in the Pacific, titled “Disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in the Pacific: an institutional and policy analysis.” The study analyzes the level of integration of DRR and CCA activities across the region.