Pacific Adaptation for Climate Change (PACC) Project
Status of initiative: On track
Description/achievement of initiative

The Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change (PACC) Programme is the first major climate change adaptation initiative in the Pacific region. Since it began in 2009 the Programme has been laying the groundwork for more resilient Pacific communities that are better able to cope with climate variability today and climate change tomorrow. The Programme approaches this from two directions: it is working to enhance adaptive capacity on the ground, and it is driving the mainstreaming of climate risks into national development planning and activities.The PACC Programme is a partnership between several key regional agencies and national agencies and communities in 14 Pacific island countries. It is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Australian Government, with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as its implementing agency and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) as implementing partner. The Project is supported by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) C3D+programme.

Implementation methodologies

Working in 14 Pacific island countries, the Programme is demonstrating best-practice adaptation in three key climate-sensitive areas: coastal zone management, food security and food production, and water resources management. Each country is hosting a pilot project in one of these theme areas to demonstrate how climate change adaptation can work on the ground.Climate change threatens the achievement of all development goals. One solution is to mainstream climate change into the development process, that is, integrate climate risks into development planning processes and decision making. The PACC Programme is promoting mainstreaming at all levels, within the country projects and regionally, at the community level through to the highest policy level.Knowledge generated by the PACC Programme will contribute to a sound base for future climate change adaptation in the region. Tools, technical guidelines, experiences and lessons learned will be shared regionally and globally, to enhance the capacity to plan for and respond to climate risks.

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure


PICs: Cook Islands Fiji FSM RMI Nauru Niue Palau PNG Samoa Solomon Islands Tonga Tokelau Tuvalu Vanuatu Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), UNDP, GEF
Resources devoted to implementation
Progress reports
Cut off date each year: 1 July
This initiative does not yet fulfil the SMART criteria.
Date of completion: ongoing
Operating in countries
Partner connections
Contact information/focal point(s)
Espen Ronneburg, espenr@sprep.org

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