Tuvalu Coastal Adaptation Project (TCAP)

Lead country


Participating countries


Project status

Under implementation

Implementing period

From June 14, 2017 to March 7, 2025

SDGs addressed by this project

SDG targets

  1. 13.3 Improve learning, capacity on climate change measures
  2. 13.b Build capacity for climate change planning, management
  3. 13.2 Integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning.

Project ID: 5699

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Technical team

  • Climate Change Adaptation Programme

Technical area(s)

  • Ecosystem-based adaptation
  • Mainstreaming integrated policy and planning for climate-resilient & sustainable development


  • Marine


  • Coasts

Transformed sector(s)


UNDP role(s)

  • Capacity development / Technical assistance


  • Capacity building
  • Technology innovation
  • Law regulation


  • Education/Courses
  • Technical capacity building
  • Infrastructure building
  • Laws/ Policy/ Plan formulation
  • Laws enforcement/ Regulation

Social inclusion

  • Youth/Children
  • Women

Gender equality


Gender result effectiveness scale



  • People pathway
  • Systems pathway

Risk reduction target(s)

  • Improve resilience

SDG target(s)

  • 13.3 Improve learning, capacity on climate change measures
  • 13.b Build capacity for climate change planning, management
  • 13.2 Integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning.

Conventions and protocols


Private sector(s)


Hot topic

  • SIDS

About this project


The proposed GCF project will enable the Government of Tuvalu (GoT) to implement measures that are urgently required to reduce the impact of increasingly intensive wave action on key infrastructure as a result of climate change induced sea-level rise and intensifying extreme events. Financial and capacity constraints at all levels – from technical to community awareness – that have prevented a sustainable coastal protection solution will be addressed. With GCF financing, it is expected that 35% of high-value vulnerable coasts (2,780m in length) will be made more resilient to withstand the effects of increased wave intensity, compared with the baseline of 7% (570m). The targeted GCF investments will occur at locations that have high concentration of settlements. Expected direct benefits are significant with 3,100 people or 29% of the total population in Tuvalu benefiting from the mitigated impact of future wave overtopping events. The project will also strengthen institutional and community capacities for sustaining and replicating project results. Building coastal resilience is an urgent national priority. The formulation of this project has been led at the highest political level by a Technical Working Group comprising key Government departments and NGO associations, representing vulnerable communities. The proposed project leverages domestic financing (USD 2.86 million) and is a non-revenue generating public good.


The proposed project will directly contribute to safeguarding human development progress in target islands of Tuvalu through coastal protection and thus contribute to climate-resilient sustainable development. The project approach that combines concrete investments, long-term human resource development, knowledge management, and reallocation of available domestic development budgets towards climate change adaptation will facilitate a paradigm shift that affect geographical and inter-temporal decisions that Tuvaluan will make on resilience building.

USD $36,010,000

Grant amount

USD $2,860,000

Leveraged amount (co-financing)


Source(s) of fund

Sources of fund


  • Green Climate Fund Common ($36,010,000)

Implementing partner(s)

  • Government of Fiji

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