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

Objectives and Activities
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Regional Policy Framework for REDD+

SPC and GIZ have supported the development of a Regional REDD+ Policy:

After outlining the contents in the 2011 Regional Forestry Technical Meeting, and following a multi-sectorial and multi-stakeholder consultation process in the region, a Pacific Islands Regional Policy Framework for REDD+ was endorsed at the 3rd Ministers of Agriculture and Forestry (MOAF) conference in September 2012 in Nadi, Fiji.

The framework is designed to provide policy options to guide REDD+ programme development at the regional and national scale, and to provide a rationale for financial support for the sustainable management and use of forest and tree resources.

Regional REDD+ Information and Support

Resource owners during a break of a workshopThe endorsed and operational 'Regional REDD+ Information and Support Platform' provides web-based basic information on REDD+ and related forest management activities in the Pacific, serves for knowledge transfer and the exchange of lessons learned.

Support structures on regional level also benefit smaller countries in various areas like training and exchange of expertise. Targeted capacity development for different stakeholder groups are continued.

National REDD+ Readiness

The project is supporting the REDD+ programmes in the four Melanesian countries with larger forest areas: Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.

In co-ordination with other donors, SPC/GIZ supports different areas such as forest monitoring and carbon stock assessment, forest carbon ownership and equitable benefit sharing as well as free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) of resource owners. Project priorities include determining national reference levels for greenhouse gas emissions caused by deforestation and forest degradation, forest carbon accounting, property rights and compliance with social and environmental standards.
After participatory pilot site selection, implementation of demonstration activities has started in these four Melanesian states.

Partner Countries

The regional components of the project cover all 14 SPC member countries and territories in the Pacific, which are parties to the UNFCCC. Support for national REDD+ programs focuses on the four Melanesian countries with larger forest area: Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Island and Vanuatu.

REDD+ Regional Project Partner Countries