Addressing Climate Vulnerability in the Water Sector (ACWA) in the Marshall Islands

Lead country

Marshall Islands

Participating countries

Marshall Islands

Project status

Under implementation

Implementing period

From May 22, 2020 to November 28, 2027

SDGs addressed by this project

SDG targets

  1. 6.2 Achieve universal access to adequate sanitation, hygiene
  2. 6.5 Implement integrated water resources management
  3. 6.a Support developing countries on water-related technologies

Project ID: 5701

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Technical team

  • Oceans and Water Programme

Technical area(s)

  • Climate resilient access to water supply & sanitation
  • Climate resilient integrated water resource and coastal management


  • FreshWaters


  • General

Transformed sector(s)

  • Forestry and other land use

UNDP role(s)

  • Data collection and analysis
  • Innovative approaches
  • Direct support / Service Delivery


  • Management operation
  • Mitigation adaptation
  • Capacity building


  • Integrated water resource management
  • Ecosystem-based management
  • Laws/ Policy/ Plan formulation
  • Infrastructure against natural hazards
  • Technical capacity building

Social inclusion

  • Women
  • Local community/CSOs

Gender equality

  • Women's access to and control over resources

Gender result effectiveness scale

  • Gender responsive


  • People pathway

Risk reduction target(s)

  • Hazard control/mitigation

SDG target(s)

  • 6.2 Achieve universal access to adequate sanitation, hygiene
  • 6.5 Implement integrated water resources management
  • 6.a Support developing countries on water-related technologies

Conventions and protocols

  • National Determined Contributions (NDCs)

Private sector(s)


Hot topic

  • Nature-based solution
  • Multi-stakeholder collaboration

Project description

1.The project supports the Government of Republic of the Marshall Islands (GoRMI) in adapting to increasing climate risks, particularly more frequent and extreme droughts, which impact the country's drinking water supply. Communities and the households in RMI primarily rely on a single water resource and supply system, which makes them highly vulnerable to risks of water shortages and drought. Despite previous water related investments, the people of RMI still do not have year-round access to safe freshwater supply for drinking, cooking hygiene and sanitation, particularly under droughts lengthened through climate change impacts. 2.The proposed intervention aims to increase resilience of water resources for drinking and hygiene purposes in RMI. This will be done by:•Improving household and community rainwater harvesting and storage structures to increase resilience of water supply in all outer islands and atolls accounting for approximately 28% of RMI's population, including 7,630 (49%) women, currently at risk •Securing groundwater resources from contamination due to inundation caused by wave overtopping of seawater.•Strengthening the technical capacities of national and subnational institutions and key stakeholders to integrated climate change risks into water governance processes so that management of climate change risks are coordinated, effective, participatory, equitable, and sustained over the long-term when risks are expected to worsen.

USD $18,631,216

Grant amount

USD $6,116,092

Leveraged amount (co-financing)


Source(s) of fund

Sources of fund


  • Green Climate Fund Common ($18,631,216)

Implementing partner(s)

  • Government of Fiji

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