At a glance
Pacific Island countries are highly vulnerable to the adverse impacts of climate change. Many countries in the region have extensive low-lying areas, which are vulnerable to climate variability, extreme whether events, and accelerated sea level rise. In addition to high vulnerability, the regional also has low capacity to adapt to climate change, making the impacts of climate change a serious development challenge for the region.
In the ACP Group of States, all fifteen of the Pacific countries are Small Island Developing States, and they are recognized as severely impacted by climate change. The GCCA Intra-ACP Programme dedicated 8 million euros to a four-year programme with the University of the South Pacific (USP) to address climate change in the Pacific ACP States. The programme began in 2011 and ended in mid 2015. It was implemented through the USP Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development (PACE-SD) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP).
Photo: USP partners in Kiribati photograph waves during Cyclone Pam.