Live & Learn International

Climate Resilient Islands Programme

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Live & Learn International

Melbourne, State of Victoria, Australia

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Project Summary

The Climate Resilient Islands Programme (CRIP) will improve the management of climate and disaster risks at community level while delivering resilient development benefits to three million islanders in the Pacific Ocean, the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean currently facing challenges to their survival from the impacts of climate change. A tested Climate Resilient Development Tool will empower small island communities and deliver direct results towards: (1) Long-term Solutions for Community-based Water Security and Potability, (2) Long-term Solutions to Food Security and Nutrition at Community Level, (3) Resilient Local Economies, (4) Enhancing Coastal Resilience through Nature- based Approaches, (5) Integrated Approaches to Climate and Disaster Risk Governance and Management, and (6) Human Health, Waste Management and Resilient Settlements.The programme will address one of the greatests challenges facing humanity which is displacement of the most marginalised and vulnerable populations as a result of climate change.

Problem Statement

Small Islands Developing States represent the most at risk population group on the planet threatened by natural disasters such as cyclones, earthquakes, volcanoes, droughts and floods, in addition to the effects of climate change. These vulnerabilities are compounded by economic and social factors such as global economic fluctuations, internal conflict (in recent decades), population growth and migration (internal and external), poorly planned coastal development, unplanned urban growth and land use, environmental and ecosystem degradation, and unsustainable use of natural resources, as in extensive logging and mining.The Climate Resilient Islands Programme (CRIP) is a targeted, five-year development intervention which will improve the management of climate and disaster risks at the community level while delivering direct resilient development benefits to three million islanders in Pacific, Indian and Atlantic Oceans. Over a five year period, the CRIP will promote, support and thereby accelerate the work of non-state actors and government agencies at sub-national levels and the private sector, to deliver community-focussed resilient development interventions that are responsive to community priorities, inclusive, innovative, mutually reinforcing and well supported by national processes, including resource mobilisation. It will strengthen the enabling environment in order to increase integration, inclusion, innovation and other prerequisites of resilient development, building resilience to climate change and natural hazards. As a result, communities will have both the capacity and opportunity to identify, resource, implement and monitor interventions that deliver development outcomes which are sustainable as well as resilient to climate change and natural hazard events.

Solution Overview

There are no current resilience models for communities to use that are integrated and transformative and deal with the most pressing development challenges as described in the resilience building blocks. Current climate change adaptation initiatives are incremental and transactional in nature. They involve an extension of existing actions and behaviours in ways that are designed to avoid the disruption of a system and thereby ensure the continuation of the system’s function and benefits into the future. Such actions are consistent with “adaptation as resilience” which often presents infrastructure as the solution to adaptation problems over management of natural resources and ecosystems. CRIP will establish a Resilience Planning Tool that enables communities and local institutions to carry out fully coordinated resilience assessments and funded action plans that are inclusive, integrated and viable. The resilience planning will be tailored around six resilience building blocks: (1) Long-term Solutions for Community-based Water Security and Potability, (2) Long-term Solutions to Food Security and Nutrition at Community Level, (3) Resilient Local Economies, (4) Coastal Resilience through Nature-based Approaches, (5) Integrated Approaches to Climate and Disaster Risk Governance and Management, (6) Human Health, Waste Management and Resilient Settlements. Resilience indicators will be developed and based on the six building blocks to track direct community benefits through progress. The ultimate goal of the programme is to build climate resilience on vulnerable islands which will directly enable three million islanders world wide to stay on their islands or migrate with dignity.

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