Adaptation to Climate Change in the Coastal Zone in Vanuatu

Lead country


Participating countries


Project status

Under implementation

Implementing period

From November 17, 2014 to December 31, 2020

SDGs addressed by this project

SDG targets

  1. 1.3 Social protections for vulnerable
  2. 13.1 Strengthen resilience, adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards
  3. 13.2 Integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning.

Project ID: 4866

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Technical team

  • Oceans and Water Programme

Technical area(s)

  • Sustainable management of oceans in a changing climate


  • Marine
  • FreshWaters
  • Grasslands


  • Large marine ecosystem
  • Coasts
  • Coral reefs
  • Rivers and river basins
  • General

Transformed sector(s)

  • Aquaculture

UNDP role(s)

  • Capacity development / Technical assistance
  • Institutional mechanism and system building
  • Policy advice


  • Food and agricultural commodities
  • Mitigation adaptation
  • Capacity building

Social inclusion

  • Local community/CSOs
  • Women

Gender equality

  • Women's access to and control over resources

Gender result effectiveness scale

  • Gender responsive


  • Systems pathway

Risk reduction target(s)

  • Hazard control/mitigation

SDG target(s)

  • 1.3 Social protections for vulnerable
  • 13.1 Strengthen resilience, adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards
  • 13.2 Integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning.

Conventions and protocols

  • National Action Plan

Private sector(s)


Hot topic

  • Food and agricultural commodities strategy

About this project


Vanuatu ranks as the world's most vulnerable country due to its high exposure to natural disasters, scattered island geography, narrow economic base, inadequate communication and transportation networks, and limited capacity to cope with disasters including those caused or exacerbated by the effects of climate change. Annually Vanuatu is impacted by a number of cyclones, which are expected to become more intense under current climatic projections, with coastal communities and ecosystems being most vulnerable and impacted by these events. Vanuatu will be heavily impacted by climate change with future scenarios projecting increased temperatures, sea-level rise, and increased severity of cyclones, increased ocean temperatures and ocean acidification. In addition, an increased likelihood of an increase in the frequency of El Niño events will present its own long-term seasonal challenges. These challenges, combined with rapid population growth spread over 80 islands, an agricultural and coastal-based economy facing acute medium-term challenges and inadequate delivery of government services, especially in remote areas will continue to limit the potential for long-term sustainable development and achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.The Government of Vanuatu has been proactive in global and regional dialogues on climate change and finalised its National Adaptation Programme of Action (NAPA) in 2007. The project will explicitly address three of eleven priorities identified in the NAPA including: 1) community-based marine resource management, 2) integrated coastal zone management, and 3) mainstreaming climate change into policy and national planning processes. The NAPA places particular emphasis on the need for community-based marine resource management, embracing both traditional and modern practices and enhancing the resilience of vulnerable coastal communities. To address these priorities, the project will focus on five of the adaptation options outlined in the NAPA including: i) development of provincial / local adaptation and ICM plans, ii) climate proofing of infrastructure design and development planning, iii) development of an efficient early warning system, iv) awareness raising and capacity building, and v) coastal re-vegetation and rehabilitation


To improve the resilience of the coastal zone to the impacts of climate change in order to sustain livelihoods, food production and preserve and improve the quality of life in targeted vulnerable areas.

USD $8,280,000

Grant amount

USD $31,397,253

Leveraged amount (co-financing)


Source(s) of fund

Sources of fund


  • Least Developed Countries Fund ($8,280,000)

Implementing partner(s)

  • Government of Fiji

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