Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change (PACC)


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Pacific island countries are already experiencing the impacts of climate change.

The PACC Project aims to significantly improve the effectiveness of the response to climate change in the Pacific. It will improve technical capacities to support appropriate adaptation centric policies, demonstrate cost-effective adaptation techniques in key sectors, and promote regional cooperation. It is also designed to lay the framework for effective and efficient future investment on climate change adaptation in the Pacific.

The potential magnitude of the problem threatens the very existence of some Pacific island states, and the achievement of sustainable development and Millennium Development Goals. However, vulnerabilities and risks associated with climate change are not currently being addressed in any systematic way.

Climate change risks and opportunities are not reflected in national and community level planning and governance processes. Individual, institutional and systemic capacity is not targeted towards strategic interventions.

Expected Results

  1. Policy Changes That Will Immediately Reduce Climate Change Vulnerabilities.  The project will strengthen PICs' institutional framework, policies, plans, and capacity. This will be accomplished through consideration of climate change risks when making decisions and economic tools that evaluate potential adaptation measures.
  2. Demonstration Measures to Reduce Climate Change Vulnerability.  Demonstration measures will be implemented across the participating PICs. They will focus on coastal areas, crop production, and water management.
  3. Long-Term Ability to Plan for and Respond to Climate Change's Evolving Risks.  Since climate change risks are often evolving and localized, this component will establish a framework for addressing climate change impacts over time.

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