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Responding to challenges posed by climate change to the development and survival of Pacific Islands, the United States Government has made the Pacific a strategic focus by expanding bilateral and multilateral climate change related assistance to the region. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced at the meeting with Pacific leaders on the margins of the UN General Assembly in September, 2010 that the U.S.A  Government intends to catalyse its increasing engagement in the region by addressing adaptation to global climate change. In response, USAID opened a Pacific Islands office at the U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea on October 5th, 2011. In coordination with development partners, USAID'€™s climate change program will support Pacific Island nations to reduce long-term impacts associated with climate change and achieve sustainable climate-resilient development, both of which will strengthen U.S. Government objectives by mitigating the negative impacts of climate change. The Coastal Community Adaptation Project (C-CAP) is part of USAID’s support to address climate change in the Pacific.

Project Status
Start Date
Sunday, April 1, 2012
End Date
Saturday, December 31, 2016
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Project Scope
Project Objectives

Through the implementation of this 3-5 year project Pacific Islands C-CAP, USAID will build the resilience of vulnerable coastal communities in the Pacific region to withstand more intense and frequent weather events and ecosystem degradation in the short term, and sea level rise in the long term.

Project Actions
1) Rehabilitating and constructing new, small-scale community infrastructure; 2) Building capacity for community engagement for disaster prevention and preparedness; 3) Integrating climate resilient policies and practices into long-term land use plans and building standards.
Project Activities
1) Conduct community/risk mapping exercises; 2) Assess vulnerability of small-scale social, economic and water infrastructure, i.e. health clinics, schools, community centers, jetties, water tanks, drainage systems; 3) Name adaptation options for vulnerable infrastructure; 4) Prioritize options through a multi-criteria analysis exercise; 5) Fund one—prioritized—infrastructure rehabilitation / construction project (approx. US$50,000 per community); 6) Revisit Risk Maps to review risk to projected climate impacts—and support land use planning exercises, scaling up plans to provincial and national government; 7) Implement nature-based infrastructure activities when appropriate (mangrove reforestation, erosion control, etc; 8) Support DRR and preparedness activities and planning.