Strengthening the Resilience of the Cook Islands to Climate Change

The Cook Islands is subject to highly destructive cyclones, intense rainfall events, and devastating droughts. The isolated populations in the Pa Enua (sister islands to the capital island of Rarotonga) are especially vulnerable to the anticipated changes in climate, including increased frequency and intensity of rainfall and tropical storms; rising and extreme sea levels and changing wind patterns; and hotter, drier weather.

The objective of this project is to strengthen the ability of all Cook Island communities, and the public service, to make informed decisions and manage anticipated climate change driven pressures (including extreme events) in a pro-active, integrated and strategic manner.

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Level of Intervention: 
Key Collaborators: 
Local Governments
National Governments
Climate-Related Hazards Addressed: 
Drought/Water Scarcity
Thematic Area: 
Disaster Risk Reduction
Implementing Agencies & Partnering Organizations: 
Central Policy and Planning Unit, Office of the PM, Cook Islands
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Adaptation Fund
Primary Beneficiaries: 
Farmers; Fishers; Tourism Operators; Island Communities
Funding Source: 
The Adaptation Fund
Financing Amount: 
$5,381,600 (amount requested and approved 2011-12-14)
Co-Financing Total: 
Project Status: 
Under Implementation