Pacific Partnership for Atoll Water Security
Status of initiative: On track
Description/achievement of initiative

The partnership will facilitate improved knowledge sharing and advocacy between drought-affected Pacific SIDS, relevant development partners, regional and international organisations. It will facilitate the practical sharing of information on water security and drought resilience/preparedness activities undertaken in drought-affected countries, and enable an effective voice of drought-affected atoll nations in international and regional forums.The partnership will support Pacific governments and communities to build the skills, systems and basic infrastructure to better anticipate, respond to, and withstand drought and its impacts on supplies of safe and adequate drinking water.

Implementation methodologies

Partnership will be actively supported by SPC under the auspices and funding support of the programme, Strengthening Water Security of Vulnerable Island States

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

- annual sub-regional training workshops to be convened to bring together partner countries and relevant technical expertise from 2014-1019- national and local-level training activities specific to individual partner country needs to be facilitated by the NZ-funded project Strengthening Water Security in Vulnerable Atoll States. - regional web-site pacificwater.org to be expanded to support knowledge products relevant to atoll water security and facilitate information sharing between partners.

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure

The partnership will be governed through regular meetings of representatives of five drought-prone Pacific SIDS along with relevant development partners through a 5-year NZ-funded project, Strengthening Water Security of Vulnerable Island States. The partnership will utilize existing regional, country and partner networks, and capitalize on the information sharing and collaboration enabled through the water security project.


SPC; Governments of five Pacific SIDS: the Cook Islands, Kiribati, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Tokelau and Tuvalu; New Zealand Aid Programme; IFRC; UNICEF; NIWA; Australian Bureau of Meteorology; NOAA; SPREP; WHO; UNOCHA
Supporting participating drought-affected atoll countries to undertake rapid drinking water security assessments.
Establishment of network of Pacific atoll country water security professionals
Capturing and sharing country lessons and outcomes. (2016-2019)
Demonstration of practical measures to enable Pacific communities to better anticipate, prepare for and respond to the impacts of drought (2016 - 2019)
Resources devoted to implementation
Financing (in USD)
4,350,000 USD
Other, please specify
5-year, $4.35M funding by New Zealand for the Strengthening Water Security of Vulnerable Island States programme
In-kind contribution
From development partners and participating Pacific SIDS
Staff / Technical expertise
Technical expertise of the SPC Water and Sanitation Programme
Progress reports
Cut off date each year: 1 July
This initiative fulfils the SMART criteria.
Date of completion: June 2019
Operating in countries
Contact information/focal point(s)
Dave Hebblethwaite, daveh@spc.int

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