Climate Change

Small islands, whether located in the tropics or higher latitudes, have characteristics which make them especially vulnerable to the effects of climate change, sea-level rise, and extreme events (very high confidence) ♦  Sea-level rise is expected to exacerbate inundation, storm surge, erosion and other coastal hazards, thus threatening vital infrastructure, settlements and facilities that support the livelihood of island communities (very high confidence). ♦  There is strong evidence that under most climate change scenarios, water resources in small islands are likely to be seriously compromised (very high confidence). ♦  It is very likely that subsistence and commercial agriculture on small islands will be adversely affected by climate change (high confidence). IPCC 4th Assessment Report, 2007

Vanuatu Pilot Sites
Wednesday, 09 June 2010 17:08


Three pilot sites have been selected to implement community-level climate change adaptation measures under the SPC/GTZ Regional Programme on Adaptation to Climate Change in the Pacific Island Region (ACCPIR).

The sites were selected after the Vanuatu ACCPIR Steering Committee carried out an assessment of potential pilot sites. Concerned local communities and resource owners were consulted during this process.

The three pilot sites selected are Pele Island (North Efate), Teouma community (South Efate), and Hasevaia community (South Santo). Activities to be piloted are included in Vanuatu’s National Adaptation Programme for Action, and include introducing climate-resistant crops, breeding extreme weather-  adapted livestock, developing community land-use plans, trialling new agroforestry and soil stabilisation methods, and undertaking innovative climate adaptation education programmes.

Vanuatu pilot site locations

These activities will be directly implemented by Vanuatu’s project partners the Department of Agriculture, Department of Forests, Department of Quarantine and Livestock, Department of Environment and Conservation, Wan Smolbag Theater, Live and Learn Vanuatu, the Vanuatu Farm Support Association, and the Vanuatu Agricultural Research and Technical Centre.

For more information on the Vanuatu component of the SPC/GTZ ACCPIR please contact Dr Christopher Bartlett at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or mobile: 5552187.