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Earlier this month the Pacific Ecosystem-based Adaptation to Climate Change (PEBACC) project implemented by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme and the New Zealand Pacific Partnership on Ocean Acidification (PPOA) project, along with experts from Watershed Professionals Network and The Water Institute, teamed up with the Fijian communities of Taveuni to develop adaptation strategies and projects.

The project teams met with communities in each of the three districts on Taveuni Island to discuss the results of the Ecological and Social Resilience Assessment and Mapping (ESRAM) study conducted by the PEBACC project and to discuss the design of adaptation interventions. Overall, the projects will focus on a ridge-to-reef watershed management approach and ecosystem-based approaches to adaptation. Potential adaptation options for both projects are currently being designed and evaluated, and it is anticipated that on-the-ground work will start in the next few months.

The PEBACC Project is part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI). The German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) supports this initiative on the basis of a decision adopted by the German Bundestag. The New Zealand PPOA project is supported by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Principality of Monaco, and is run in partnership with the Pacific Community (SPC) and the University of the South Pacific (USP).

For more information contact Tommy Moore: tommym@sprep.org