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Vulnerability and Adaptation

SPC/GIZ Coping with Climate Change in the Pacific Island Region Programme

Project Details
Project name : SPC/GIZ Coping with Climate Change in the Pacific Island Region Programme
Project Life date: 31 Dec, 2015
Project Status &
Completion Percentage
: To be complete on 2015
Focal Point: Paula Ma'u
Project Management Unit : Luisa T Malolo
Donor: GIZ
Project Sector: Climate Change
Focus & Goals: Establish sustainable land management technologies to reduce the vulnerability of the site 2) Identify and implement appropriate technologies to restore the productivity of the farmland soils 3) Identify suitable adaptation technologies to strengthen food security (like introducing drought tolerant crop species)
Description: The SPC/GIZ Coping with Climate Change in the Pacific Island Region programme (CCCPIR) is funded by the German Government and implemented by GIZ with SPC and SPREP as its regional implementing partners. CCCPIR aims to strengthen the capacities of 12 Pacific Island countries to cope with the current and anticipated impacts of climate change. The programme is also working to enhance the capacity of Pacific regional organisations to support Pacific Island countries in this regard. CCCPIR has 6 components: 1. Strengthening of regional advisory and management capacity 2. Mainstreaming climate consideration and adaptation strategies 3. Implementing adaptation and mitigation measures 4. Sustainable tourism and climate change 5. Sustainable energy management 6. Climate change education At the national level the programme supports and works within existing national policies, strategies and priorities. In Tonga, the CCCPIR program focuses on component 2, 3, 5 and 6. Component 2 encompasses adaptation strategies, mainstreaming of climate change into sectoral policies and integrating climate change into planning processes. Component 3 provides support for community-based adaptation and the establishment of pilot projects to field test adaptation methodologies and technologies. Under component 5, Tonga is supported with policy and planning advice and in formulating bankable investment proposals. Support under component 6 focuses on integrating climate change aspects into primary and secondary school teaching and, where relevant, technical and vocational training. The implementation of Tonga CCCPIR activities are coordinated by the CCCPIR Project Steering committee which comprises of key stakeholders from the various sector agencies. The committee is chaired by the Director of MECC who is also the project national focal point. The programme is housed within the Ministry of Lands, Environment, Climate Change and Natural Resources.
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Mangrove Ecosystems Climate Change Adaptation and Livelihoods Project (MESCAL)

Project Details
Project name : Mangrove Ecosystems Climate Change Adaptation and Livelihoods Project (MESCAL)
Project Life date: 19 Jan, 2013
Project Status &
Completion Percentage
: Good / 90%
Contact Person: Asipeli Palaki
Project Members : Tukia Lepa, Samuela Lile
Sponsor: Asipeli Palaki
Project Sector: Climate Change
Focus & Goals: Conservation of Mangroves, adaptation to climate change & addressing community livelihoods
Description: The MESCAL project is promoting joint management and conservation of mangrove ecosystems in select areas of Tongatapu. The geographical focus of this project is limited in certain area of Tongatapu Villages surrounding the Fanga’uta Lagoon. Lessons learned from this project will provide valuable inputs especially for the formulation of “Living with the Sea Best Practice” guideline proposed under Component 1 and when the guideline will be disseminated as part of Component 3. Effectiveness of the MESCAL project will also be captured and stored in the centrally managed database developed under Component 2.
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The Pacific Adaptation Strategy Assistance Program (PASAP).

Project Details
Project name : The Pacific Adaptation Strategy Assistance Program (PASAP).
Project Life date: 30 Jun, 2013
Project Status &
Completion Percentage
: Good / 90%
Contact Person: Asipeli Palaki
Project Members : Luisa T Malolo
Sponsor: Asipeli Palaki
Project Sector: Climate Change
Focus & Goals: 1. LIDAR (light detection and ranging) survey to acquire a high resolution digital elevation model of topographic and bathymetric data. 2. (ii) Assessing the vulnerability and adaptation to sea level rise in Lifuka, Ha’apai 3.Coastal Zone Assessment 4.Water Resources Assessment (underground water resource) 5.Socio-economic Assessment
Description: This particular activity was developed by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, the PASAP and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC). This Program is currently implemented and executed by the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Canberra, Australia. The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change is the Focal Point in Tonga for this Program. started in June 2011 & be completed in June 2013. Findings of these projects will be presented to Lifuka communities and relevant stakeholders in Ha’apai from 29 April – 3 May 2013. Preliminary findings were presented to PASAP Technical Working Group (3 October 2012), Ha’apai Development Committee , Governor of Ha’apai and people of Lifuka (5 October 2012).
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European Union –SPC Global Climate Change Alliance: Pacific Small Island States (EU-SPC GCCA:PSIS) Project

Project Details
Project name : European Union –SPC Global Climate Change Alliance: Pacific Small Island States (EU-SPC GCCA:PSIS) Project
Project Life date: 31 Dec, 2015
Project Status &
Completion Percentage
: Good / 90%
Contact Person: Paula Ma'u
Project Members : Manu Manuofetoa
Sponsor: Paula Ma'u
Project Sector: Climate Change
Focus & Goals: The ultimate objective of the project is to build resilience to adverse effects of climate change.
Description: This is a regional project including 9 Pacific Countries and Tonga is one of these countries. This project is funded by EU and implemented by SPC, Suva, Fiji. In Tonga it is executed by MLECC&NR There are four key result areas (4 KRAs) which are; mainstreaming, climate change finance, implementation of climate change adaptation measures and regional collaborations. GCCA Project has granted 0.5M Euro to Tonga to trial coastal protection measures in vulnerable communities Hahake, Tongatapu including Nukuleka – Kolonga villages (Nukuleka, Makaunga,Talafo’ou, Navutoka, Manuka & Kolonga) on the eastern site of Tongatapu have experienced coastal inundation and erosion in the last twenty years and even up to this current stage. The topographic elevation of these coastal areas are below 1m above the high water mark. The seawall that runs adjacent along the main road is badly degrading due mainly to climate change impacts and disaster risks (sea level rise, tropical cyclone & storm surge). During spring tides, the water reaches adjacent residents on the opposite site of the main road temporarily flooding lower areas.
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Pilot Program on Climate Resilience

Project Details
Project name : Pilot Program on Climate Resilience
Project Life date: 31 Dec, 2018
Project Status &
Completion Percentage
: Good / 90%
Contact Person: Asipeli Palaki
Project Members : Luisa T Malolo
Sponsor: Asipeli Palaki
Project Sector: Climate Change
Focus & Goals: The Pilot Program for Climate Resilience is the only adaptation funding window of the Climate Investment Fund (CIF). This was established by the multilateral development banks (MDBs) to finance climate change support for their developing member countries. The goal of the PPCR is to help member countries transform to a climate resilient development path, consistent with national poverty reduction and sustainable development goals.
Description: The Pacific region is one of two regional and nine country pilots. The Pacific PPCR has four components: country activities in three countries (Tonga, Papua New Guinea and Samoa and a region wide component. ADB is the leading agency for Tonga and Papua New Guinea whereas World Bank leads Samoa. Major output for Tonga Phase 1 of PPCR is the formulation of its Strategic Program for Climate Resilience (SPCR). Phase 2 will be the implementation of Phase 1. There are three major components of the SPCR based on the outcome of the PPCR National Consultative Workshops that were conducted in November 2011, Tonga: Component 1: Capacity Building to support the transformation to a climate resilient development path; Component 2: Sustainable Climate Change Financing Component 3: Building Ecosystem Resilience and Climate Proofing of Critical Infrastructure Budget Phase 1: USD$250,000.00 Responsible Agencies: MLECCNR, Ministry of Finance and National Planning, Ministry of Infrastructure Implementation Status: Phase 1 of PPCR to be completed in first quarter of 2012 Phase 2 of PPCR: Implementation of SPCR Proposal for the implementation of the SPCR was approved by Climate Investment Fund Board in First Quarter of 2012. SPCR Part 1: PPTA : USD$750,000.00 Implementation Status: Concept Paper was approved by ADB Board in October 2012. PPTA Mission Team to Tonga for the SPCR Inception Workshop which was held on 21 February 2013. SPCR Part 2: Implementation of the 3 components of SPCR in late 2013 or early 2014. Budget : USD $20M Responsible Agencies: Ministry of Finance and National Planning as the Executing Agency and Ministry of Lands, Environment, Climate Change and Natural Resources, Ministry of Infrastructure, Ministry of Education and Training, Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Forestry and Fisheries are the Implementing Agencies.
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Tonga Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change (PACC) Project

Project Details
Project name : Tonga Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change (PACC) Project
Project Life date: 31 Dec, 2014
Project Status &
Completion Percentage
: Good / 90%
Contact Person: Paula Ma'u
Project Members : Paula Taufa
Sponsor: Paula Ma'u
Project Sector: Climate Change
Focus & Goals: Tonga’s PACC project focuses on enhancing, and where necessary, developing water infrastructure for six communities in the Western Site (Hihifo) of Tongatapu
Description: This project aims to significantly improve the effectiveness of the response to climate change impacts and disaster risks on three thematic areas; water resource management, coastal management and infrastructure as well as food production and food security. Adaptation in the water resources sector was selected as Tonga’s area of focus.
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