World Bank: Kiribati Adaptation Project (Phase II)

Title: Kiribati Adaptation Project (Phase II)
Client Type National Government – Kiribati
Development Bank/NGO – GEF, AusAID, NZAID
Our Role Technical expert – climate change risk assessment and adaptation planning
Capacity development
Communications and outreach

The Challenge

How can the assessment of climate change risk be undertaken to ensure technical rigour, mentor skills transfer ensuring training and stimulate effective adaptive action?

Kiribati is increasingly vulnerable to climate change due to high population concentration, accelerated coastal development, shoreline erosion, and environmental degradation. To address these rising risks, the Government of Kiribati received funding from a number of donors including the World Bank, the Global Environmental Facility (GEF), AusAID and NZAID, to undertake work to reduce Kiribati’s vulnerability to climate change, climate variability and sea level rise.

The project team worked closely with stakeholders to develop a climate change risk diagnosis and planning process for Kiribati that would address coastal hazards within the context of climate change.

Our team (in particular, Robert, Carmen, Ailbhe, Ania) worked by implementing pilot adaptation measures and consolidating the mainstreaming of adaptation into national economic planning. Specifically, the project involved:
•    reviewing and validating existing erosion and flood management approaches
•    recommending the reconfiguration of institutional processes and regulatory procedures allowing for coordinated coastal risk diagnosis and planning
•    raising awareness through workshops and developing pilot studies that demonstrate coordinated processes to develop adaptation strategies.

Follow Up Project

A follow up of the initial project was undertaken a year later, which included:
•    Development of risk assessment and adaptation handbook
•    Expansion of the risk assessment and adaptation planning from two discrete sites to all villages within South Tarawa
•    New ways of visualizing mapping data, which was simplified to improve accessibility. Google Earth mapping files mapped sea level rise hazards against existing GoK infrastructure, such as housing, electricity and water
•    Development of Excel templates to support the Multi Criteria Analysis undertaken in adaptation planning.



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