Effective and responsive island-level governance to secure and diversify climate resilient marine-based coastal livelihoods and enhance climate hazard response capacity

Lead country


Participating countries


Project status


Implementing period

From August 30, 2013 to December 31, 2020

SDGs addressed by this project

SDG targets

  1. 13.1 Strengthen resilience, adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards
  2. 1.5 Build resilience of poor to climate, shocks
  3. 2.4 Ensure sustainable food production, maintain key ecosystems

Project ID: 4571

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Technical team

  • Climate Change Adaptation Programme

Technical area(s)

  • Mainstreaming integrated policy and planning for climate-resilient & sustainable development
  • Climate information and early warning systems (CI & EWS)


  • Marine
  • Wetlands


  • Coasts
  • Coral reefs
  • Mangroves

Transformed sector(s)

  • Fisheries

UNDP role(s)

  • Convening / Partnerships / Knowledge Sharing
  • Capacity development / Technical assistance


  • Governance
  • Finance economy
  • Food and agricultural commodities

Social inclusion

  • Local community/CSOs

Gender equality

  • Awareness raising (on gender)

Gender result effectiveness scale



  • Systems pathway
  • People pathway

Risk reduction target(s)

  • Hazard control/mitigation

SDG target(s)

  • 13.1 Strengthen resilience, adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards
  • 1.5 Build resilience of poor to climate, shocks
  • 2.4 Ensure sustainable food production, maintain key ecosystems

Conventions and protocols


Private sector(s)


Hot topic

  • SIDS
  • Food and agricultural commodities strategy
  • Poverty reduction

About this project


Tuvalu is one of the most vulnerable countries in the world to the impacts of climate change, perhaps even the most vulnerable. Tuvalu atolls are extremely exposed to projected sea-level rise, increases in the severity of cyclones, increases in ocean temperatures and ocean acidification. When combined with considerable development challenges, a narrow resource base economy and chronic capacity constraints, the extremely high levels of vulnerability are likely to have severe long term effects on sustainable development and achievement of the MDGs.The Government of Tuvalu understands, on behalf of all Tuvaluans, the urgency of addressing its priority development challenges related to adapting to future impacts of climate change. This project focuses on implementing three such priorities outlined in its NAPA, namely (i) strengthening of community based conservation programmes on highly vulnerable near-shore marine ecosystems, (ii) adaptation to near-shore coastal shellfish fisheries resources and coral reef ecosystem productivity, and (iii) strengthening community disaster preparedness and response potential. These priorities are addressed through the following interlinked Components: Component 1 includes activities for building resilience in marine-based livelihoods to climate impacts through an integrated package of measures that seek to enhance traditional fishing practices and food preservation techniques, facilitate a shift in fishing practices from vulnerable reef resources to more resilient pelagic resources, and strengthen community management of reef resources. These adaptation measures will be supported by targeted education, awareness raising and information exchange. Component 2: Disaster risk management focuses on improving access to disaster early warning systems for people on outer islands. This includes establishing multiple communication channels, both at the national and outer island levels, to ensure reliable communications in the face of intensifying cyclone events in a changing climate, and building community capacity to take advantage of the improved communication systems. Component 3 focuses on integrating locally-specific climate change concerns into existing outer Island Strategic Plans and building capacities of outer island administrations and communities to identify, budget, execute and monitor adaptation investments that are financed by domestic and external resources. This will be supplemented by enhanced awareness among the central government agencies about their existing domestic expenditures on climate sensitive sectors and the adaptation gaps. It is expected that enhanced capacity to guide the future adaptation financing at the outer island level using the climate-smart Island Strategic Plans and to identify gaps and potential adaptation financing at the national level will enable the Government of Tuvalu to effectively combine and sequence available resources to reduce the vulnerability of the country to the impacts of climate change.


Resilience of island communities to climate change variability and risks is strengthened through participatory island-level planning, budgeting and execution and community-led investments.

USD $8,525,000

Grant amount

USD $20,120,880

Leveraged amount (co-financing)


Source(s) of fund

Sources of fund


  • Least Developed Countries Fund ($8,525,000)

Implementing partner(s)

  • Department of the Environment, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Environment, Trade, Labour and Tourism

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