UNDP Team Leader: Tuvalu NAPA II Project Preparation

Title: Team Leader: Tuvalu NAPA II Project Preparation
Client Type International Organisation – UNDP
Our Role Adaptation technical expert

The Challenge

Tuvalu is widely recognised as one of the most vulnerable countries in the world to the impacts of climate change, perhaps even the most vulnerable.  Tuvalu’s atolls are extremely exposed to projected sea-level rise, increases in the severity of cyclones, increases in ocean temperatures and ocean acidification.  The Government of Tuvalu understands, on behalf of all Tuvaluans, the severity of the challenge in addressing its priority development challenges related to adapting to future impacts of climate change.

To support address these challenges, the Government requested UNDP to support the development of a second Full Sized Project to implement its National Adaptation Plan of Action (NAPA II).  The project, entitled Effective and responsive island-level governance to secure and diversify climate resilient marine-based coastal livelihoods and enhance climate hazard response capacity, was developed for submission to the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF).

Dr Robert Kay was engaged by UNDP to Lead the design of the project.  This included being responsible for all technical and coordination activities: including climate early warning systems and disaster risk response, climate change financing (at both national and community levels) and integration of climate change into marine-based livelihoods.  The position also required coordination of developing the project logframe, financial aspects and designing governance arrangements to maximize implementation success.

The project application was successfully lodged and was subsequently approved for implementation.