U.S. Set To Launch Climate Change Adaptation Project

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5-year plan to build resilience of coastal communities

By Avinesh Gopal

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, March 4, 2013) – A major climate change project for the Pacific Islands is expected to be launched in the country tomorrow by the United States Agency for International Development.

Through the five-year implementation of the Coastal Community Adaptation Project (C-CAP), USAID will help build the resilience of vulnerable coastal communities in the Pacific region. This will be to withstand more intense and frequent weather events and ecosystem degradation in the short term, and sea level rise in the long term.

According to a USAID/Pacific Islands brief on the project, USAID will support district and community level climate change interventions in 12 Pacific Island nations through C-CAP.

The countries are Fiji, Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

In about 90 communities across the region, USAID will help to strengthen community resilience to climate change impacts.

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