Published | 21st November 2017

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Building Climate Resilience in Vanuatu

Lessons and recommendations from a community-based adaptation project in Vanuatu

Located on the Pacific ‘Ring of Fire’ and in a ‘cyclone belt,’ Vanuatu is uniquely sensitive to a wide range of climate and disaster risks, including tropical cyclones, tsunamis, droughts, coastal flooding and sea level rise. Many of these hazards are expected to worsen as climate change impacts increase over time. Unaddressed climate change will exacerbate current challenges and place pressure on the Government of Vanuatu’s ability to deliver on their sustainable development plans and policies. It will also threaten people’s livelihood opportunities, economic development and resilience to environmental risks.

To address some of these challenges, build the climate resilience of communities, and support the achievement of Vanuatu’s climate and development policy objectives, CARE International in Vanuatu and Save the Children developed a community-based climate change adaptation project with support from the USAID Pacific American Climate Fund (PACAM). The project was implemented over a 16-month period (January 2016 to May 2017) in the southern province of Tafea and the northern province of Sanma.

The overall goal of the project was to increase the resilience of communities, especially women, young people, boys and girls, to shocks, stresses and future uncertainty resulting from climate change. The goal was achieved through working towards two objectives:

  1. Women, men, young people, boys and girls in Tafea and Sanma provinces have increased awareness and capacity to anticipate, plan for and respond to the impacts of climate change;
  2. Women, men, boys and girls in Tafea and Sanma provinces have the ability to implement and lead climate change adaptation actions, including livelihoods enhancement and income diversification, food security, natural resource management (including water resource
    management) and ecosystem management.

Through this project, CARE and Save the Children have supported 5,701 women, men, girls and boys in 32 communities to implement essential, local climate change adaptation actions that build their resilience to the impacts of climate change. Support was provided through a series of community-based training programs, focusing on agriculture, food security, livelihoods, and water resource management.

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