Small Island Developing States
GEF Reports on Federated States of Micronesia IWRM Demonstration ProjectInternational Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) | 14 May 2013
The project titled 'Ridge to Reef - Community to Catchment', which is funded by the Global Environment Facility's (GEF) 'Implementing Sustainable Water Resources and Wastewater Management in Pacific Island Countries' project (GEF Pacific IWRM Project), has reported improved national coordination in the water and sanitation sectors and enhanced community involvement in water resource management in the Pohnpei and Chuuk states, part of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM).
Many Strong Voices Develops Ecosystem-Based Adaptation ProjectInternational Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) | 07 May 2013
Many Strong Voices (MSV) is developing a project on ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) to climate change, which is a priority area for MSV in 2013. The aim of this project is to reduce vulnerability to climate change by supporting an EbA methodology that integrates scientific and local/traditional knowledge.
Kiribati Joins Ramsar, Designates Coastal WetlandInternational Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) | 03 May 2013
The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Government of Kiribati has acceded to the Convention, becoming its 166th contracting party. The coastal wetland No'oto-North Tarawa was designated as its first Ramsar site.
UNDP Recommends Adaptation Action in Pacific Island CountriesInternational Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) | 25 Apr 2013
The Asia-Pacific Regional Centre (APRC) of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) has issued a report on "Climate Change and Pacific Island Countries," which recommends: effective communication of scientific information and appropriate adaptation actions; ensuring the effectiveness of aid for adaptation to climate change; redefining the roles of governments and regional agencies around adaptation; and working with influential individuals, such as traditional leaders and teachers.
UN Prepares for 2014 SIDS ConferenceInternational Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) | 10 Apr 2013
Preparations for the 2014 International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are underway, beginning with a planning mission led by Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, to Apia, Samoa, where the Conference will take place.
Kiribati to have joint national action plan for climate change and disaster risk managementSecretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme | 21 Mar 2013
Kiribati is adapting the process for developing a joint national action plan for climate change and disaster risk management (JNAP) by developing a Kiribati Joint Implementation Plan (KJIP) to facilitate the implementation of the recently endorsement Disaster Risk Management Plan and the National Framework for Climate Change and Climate Change Adaptation Framework.
SGP Seychelles Launch of the Community-Based Adaptation Programmesgp.undp.org | 20 Mar 2013
Adapting to climate change involves reducing exposure and sensitivity to the effects and increasing the capacity of local communities in the face of such adversity. The first steps to community-based adaptation to climate change in the Seychelles were taken on 18 January 2013 by the official launch of the AusAID funded Small Islands Developing States(SIDS) Community Based Adaptation (CBA) programme.
Gender a priority in the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change ProjectSecretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme | 19 Mar 2013
Gender is a key consideration of the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change Project, which works to help 14 Pacific island countries build resilience to climate change with on the ground projects and activities. The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) is an implementing partner of this project which is funded by the Global Environment Facility and the Australian Government with the United Nations Development Programme as the executing agency.
SPREP Analyzes Ecosystem-based Adaptation Options in FijiInternational Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) | 15 Mar 2013
The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has released a report titled "An economic analysis of ecosystem-based adaptation and engineering options for climate change adaptation in Lami Town, Fiji." Building on a vulnerability and adaptation assessment of Lami Town, the report presents a cost-benefit analysis of four adaptation scenarios.
Many partners, one team approach to sustainable energy for all in the Pacific IslandsSecretariat of the Pacific Community | 04 Mar 2013
The development of clean and sustainable energy for all in seven Pacific Islands – Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Palau, Republic of Marshall Islands (RMI), Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu – has taken another step forward with USD 4 million provided by the government of Denmark through the Small Islands Developing States DOCK or SIDS DOCK mechanism.
Vanuatu Signs Sharks MoUInternational Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) | 25 Feb 2013
The Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) has announced that Vanuatu has joined the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Sharks (Sharks MoU) as its 26th Signatory. Vanuatu signed the MoU in the Philippines on 19 February 2013.
Dominican Republic Designates Mangrove Park as Ramsar SiteInternational Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) | 31 Jan 2013
The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Government of the Dominican Republic has designated the Parque Nacional Manglares del Bajo Yuna as its third Wetland of International Importance.
Improving the Institutional Framework for Energy in the Maldives: A First Stepesmap.org | 11 Jan 2013
In addition to being recognized as a prime tourist destination, the Maldives is increasingly well known for its vulnerability to climate change and its efforts on the global stage to raise awareness about its plight. As part of this campaign, the Government of Maldives declared a policy objective in 2009 to become a carbon neutral country by 2020.
ESMAP Works to Revitalize the Maldives's Energy Regulatory FrameworkInternational Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) | 10 Jan 2013
The World Bank project funded by ESMAP initiated in 2010, aims to support the Maldives in reducing dependence on diesel-powered electricity and move towards carbon neutrality. The project focused on helping the government develop and implement a vigorous regulatory system for the energy sector.http://www.esmap.org/node/2326