Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management Case Studies in the Pacific

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This compendium of case studies that address climate change and disaster risk reduction and management in the Pacific Islands is compiled by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community’s Geoscience Division (GSD) and other agencies in the Pacific with the support from the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and UN Development Program (UNDP).

The “Compendium of Case Studies on Climate and Disaster Resilient Development in the Pacific” is comprised of 40 case studies that highlight the programmes and projects that address climate and disaster risks, through climate change adaptation, disaster risk management and/or greenhouse gas emissions reduction.

The case studies cover various topics across Pacific Island countries and territories that show the significant work done by the regions. It also highlights the lessons learn and can be used as resources for future initiatives.

From these case studies, trends, challenges, and lessons were drawn which would serve as a guide for future initiations and will provide a reference for the Pacific and other regions in the world facing similar challenges.

Some of the case study topics in the compendium addresses gender equality in climate change programmes, financial resilience of Pacific Island countries to climate change and disasters, use of renewable energy for seawater desalination, and using animation to explain climate variability to non-scientific people and common people, use of solar food dyer to improve resilience, water safety and securing planning for resilience, and a lot more.

The case studies offer a lot of insights into what the Pacific Islands are doing to adapt and mitigate climate change.

As the study shows, it is important for the people in the Pacific Islands to make decisions based on evidence and for their responses to be adapted to the local context.

Some of the case studies highlight the use of renewable energy to power water desalination projects. This will provide a solution to their most basic need which is water especially during droughts and dry season.

Another case study shows the use of solar-powered dryers to dry their food ranging from vegetables, fruits, and fishes, allowing them to store food, increase its shelf life, transport it, and thus increasing the communities food security.

These case studies demonstrate that people in the Pacific Islands have an understanding of what is going on in terms of the risks and threats of climate change that they are facing.

They are willing to prepare, implement climate adaptation solutions, and build resilience to climate threats through continuous training, education, awareness, and resources provided to them.

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Compendium of Case Studies on Climate and Disaster Resilient Development in the Pacific. (2015). Secretariat of the Pacific Community Geoscience Division (GSD). Retrieved from

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