PACC FSM: Vital Access
In Kosrae, one of the 4 states in the Federated States of Micronesia, a newly built, climate-proofed section of coastal road in Kosrea now provides a safer alternative to perilous coastal living, via access to higher ground.
Reducing the vulnerability of coasts through appropriate adaptation measures is one of the focus areas of the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change (PACC) programme. Supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and implemented by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), the PACC project is the first major climate change adaptation initiative in the Pacific region, with demonstration projects in 14 Pacific island countries piloting on-the-ground adaptation solutions.
The PACC project has been funded by the Global Environment Facility‘s Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) – a fund that was established to support adaptation and technology transfer in all developing country parties to the UNFCCC. Additional funding has been provided by the Australian Government to support the replication of successful adaptation interventions in a broader range of vulnerable communities.
Since it began in 2009 the programme has laid the groundwork for more resilient Pacific communities that can cope with climate variability today, and climate change tomorrow. PACC FSM is turning climate challenges into opportunities for national infrastructure development and policy enhancement.