Natural Solutions to Climate Change in Pacific Islands Region: Implementing Ecosystem-based Adaptation / Pacific Ecosystem-based Adaptation to Climate Change (PEBACC)

Natural Solutions to Climate Change in Pacific Islands Region: Implementing Ecosystem-based Adaptation / Pacific Ecosystem-based Adaptation to Climate Change (PEBACC)

Description

Description: 

PEBACC is a five year project funded by the German Government, implemented by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) to explore and promote ecosystem-based options for adapting to climate change. The overall intended outcome of the project is: EbA is integrated into development, climate change adaptation responses, and natural resource management policy and planning processes in three Pacific island countries (Vanuatu, Fiji and Solomon Islands) providing replicable models for other countries in the region.

Overall Goal:

· Natural adaptation solutions are fully integrated into development, climate change adaptation and NRM policy and planning processes  in four ecologically and geographically diverse Pacific island countries, also providing replicable models for other countries in the region, and is successfully demonstrated through implementation at national, provincial and local levels.
The project will employ staff in Vanuatu; In addition to a SPREP Officer who will be the Vanuatu component project leader for this project and may be based in Vanuatu; One or two locally hired positions will directly support the project implementation and develop linkages to other projects and programmes, it is proposed that a locally hired position will be located within the SPC-GIZ CCCPIR.

Relevant projects and strategy to avoid duplication:

·It is recognized that multiple projects are being implemented within Port Vila and Tanna Island, this is seen as a strength and opportunity, as this project will bring increased capacity as well as in kind technical support from SPREP that can assist the NAB and current implementing partners to achieve not only national priorities as identified in both NAPA and NBSAPs, but priorities identified in the SPREP strategic plan and Pacific Plan. Working with local partners, other projects and the regional CROP agencies will allow support for sustainable mechanisms for adaptation in Vanuatu. As an example, SPREP is currently working with multiple regional agencies and national and international partners and NGOs in Choiseul Province in the Solomon Islands, working to integrate multiple projects in multiple sectors to deliver a truly cross sectoral and integrated approach to sustainable resource use and management.

Risk Management Strategies

·Close linkages to the NAB, DEPC and other implementing partners in Vanuatu, will ensure relevance and work towards sustainability of implemented outcomes.

·Close linkages to the Biodiversity and Ecosystems Management Division at SPREP, will ensure broad technical support as well as collaboration on other EbA projects, approaches and deliverables within and across the Pacific islands.

· A broad range of actions will be undertaken in different locations and with multiple partners and agencies which will allow the program to more successfully and flexibly react to and overcome unforeseen circumstances. 

Objectives: 
Challenges for EbA in the Pacific are: limited capacity for assessing benefits of EbA versus conventional adaptation alternatives; CCA often uses engineering solutions that can be costly, have high environmental impact, and not maintain ecological services; CCA projects often focus on sub-national and community levels, ignoring vital importance of strengthening national level development. These will be addressed by identifying and implementing ecosystem adaptation actions in different island ecosystems and livelihood situations. It will integrate EbA with wider adaptation strategies; build capacity; include non-climate stresses; involve local communities; have a multi-partner approach; build on existing good practices in NRM and ongoing CCA projects (e.g. SPC-GIZ); communicate and educate.
Project Status: 
Project Contact: 

Stuart Chape

Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme