Tuvalu NAPA-I (LDCF)

Project Summary

The nationally implemented project, funded by the Least Developed Country Fund (LDCF) and AusAID, is implemented by UNDP in partnership with the Government of Tuvalu and covers all nine islands (Funafuti, Nanumaea, Nanumaga, Niulakita, Niutao, Nui, Nukufetau, Nukulaelae, and Vaitupu).
The objective is to increase the protection of livelihoods in coastal areas and island communities from dynamic risks related to climate change and climate variability in all inhabited islands of Tuvalu. The project comprises three main outcomes:
Outcome 1: Enhanced capacity of public administration, Island Kaupules,  communities and NGOs, with policy support to plan for and respond to climate change risks in coastal areas and settlements;
Outcome 2: Enhanced capacity of local communities to adapt to dynamic climate-related threats through implementation of practical community-based adaptation measures specifically tailored to each islands; and
Outcome 3: Project knowledge and lessons learned are captured, analysed and disseminated to facilitate replication of practical adaptation solutions in all islands.

The project has a four-year timeframe and supported by parallel and in-kind co-financing from JICA and Government of Tuvalu.

What have we accomplished so far

  1. Project Management Unit (PMU) established and operationalized, inception workshop conducted, technical backstopping concept note drafted and discussed with key partners, initial assessments and awareness-raising activities undertaken, community organizers recruited and trained on technical and administration matters, first annual review meeting conducted.
  2. After inter-island consultations and consolidation of results, Draft Tuvalu National Climate Change Policy and the National Strategy and Action Plan were formulated and both the Policy and the JNAP was then presented to Island Leaders in a one-day Climate Change Summit organised on 30 September, 2011. They were both endorsed by the Government in early 2012.
  3. An estimated 2000 people,and 400 households have developed a good level of understanding on climate change risks and a number of adaptation options, as a result of a set of initial awareness raising and consultations activities (such as awareness programme carried out by community organisers in each island,  National Climate Change Policy consultations, Project Management Unit (through the Works Supervisor) visits to the Islands to consult with the Kaupule and Falekaupule, awareness raising programmes such as Radio Show and School visits), as well as direct engagement in the implementation of some initial adaptation actions (especially home gardening and coastal afforestations, etc.).
  4. In the last two years of project implementation, the project has repaired 57 household level water tanks and one community cistern. If 50% capacity reduction due to the malfunction is assumed, this repairing work translates to the expansion of water storage capacity by 500,000 litre (500m3). In addition, utilizing the additional financial contributions from AusAID, the project has installed 20 water tanks in two islands which brought additional 200m3 of expanded storage capacity; for coastal protection, so far, 823 trees have been planted in four target outer islands.
  5. An estimated 500 population, and 200 households participated in Home Gardening and Afforestation activities in the Islands which was facilitated by the NAPA PMU through the Community Organisers in coordination with the Agriculture Department and the SLM Project. Success rate varied from Island to Island and a technical assessment will be conducted to identify factors contributing to the success or failures of these two activities and recommend some solutions as a way forward for this activity.
  6. The project has produced a video and posted on ALM and YouTube describing the focus of the first LDCF project and second that is in the pipeline. A guide book on coastal tree planting is currently in the pipeline, in collaboration with the Department of Agriculture with expected date of completion in 2013.

Who Finances it?

LCDF/Global Environment Facility (GEF) - US$3.3 million; Australian Aid: US$1 million;
JICA: US$4.17 million; Government of Tuvalu - S$0.33 million
Total Budget: US$8,800,000

Project Delivery US$

2010 $240,271
2011 $342,097
2012 $391,077
2013 $179,285
Project Overview
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Focus Area
Environment and Energy
Project Officer
Nacanieli Speigth
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade, Tourism, Environment and Labour
Related Documents
Project Document
Gender Assessment of Tuvalu NAPA-I
Related Project

Tuvalu National Adaptation Plan for Action +