Increasing Resilience of Coastal Areas and Community Settlements to Climate Change in Tuvalu
Tuvalu is experiencing increasing climate change-induced damage to human and economic development, with adverse effects already experienced by its small and dispersed communities living in highly vulnerable, low-lying atoll islands. There is a high risk of further climate-change related damage including irreversible loss of habitable areas of the country. Tuvalu's natural resource base and livelihood opportunities of its communities are seriously undermined by the combined effects of sea-level rise, increased frequency and intensity of tropical cyclones, rapidly progressing coastal erosion, increasing crop damage, and reductions of fresh water supply.
Through this initiative, the Government of Tuvalu aims to strengthen institutional capacities to identify and address climate change-driven events that systematically increase the vulnerability of island communities. Action will be based on increasing institutional capacity at all levels of public administration to plan for, respond, and adapt to climate change-related damage, implementing community-based adaption measures, and knowledge capturing, management, and dissemination.