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.
· 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.