The project will involve a participatory process to identify and implement climate change adaptation measures, through the use of gender sensitive data gathering tools; specific location/areas for implementing adaptation measures and project sites will be identified during the project design phase in close consultation with relevant stakeholders. The project will increase the climate resilience of poor communities living on the selected island. The project will focus on combining soft ecosystem-based, gray-green and hard interventions while also building on existing activities of other relevant projects.
Enabling communities to increase their capacity to adapt to ongoing and uncertain changes requires active collaboration among government, partner agencies, CSOs, and particularly vulnerable and marginalized groups, in developing and delivering community-based adaptation and risk reduction programmes. Involving communities early onwards will lead to increased ownership of selected adaptation interventions and ensure that priority issues are being targeted. It will also ensure that local knowledge is being incorporated in the projects approach.