“Climate change will have significant and damaging effects on communities and economies over the coming decades. Some projections estimate an additional 250 000 deaths annually between 2030 and 2050 due to malnutrition, malaria, diarrhoea and heat stress, and over USD 2 trillion in lost productivity globally."

What We Do 

The Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability Programme (CCES) leads and develops support for reinforcing technical assistance and strategic coordination to design and implement climate change adaptation and mitigation projects in our region in partnership with our members and donors.

The programme provides leadership and coordination of the overall environmental sustainability of SPC’s programmes and operations. Specific objectives include assisting Pacific countries and territories to transit to a low-carbon economy and adapt a number of key national sectors to the effects of climate change, enhancing collaboration with other regional organization and promoting the Pacific climate-change agenda at the international level and providing an effective framework for resource mobilization.

Why it matters 

The Pacific region is highly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change. Preventing risks linked to the impacts of climate change, including extreme meteorological events, climate variability and accelerated sea-level rise, is therefore a crucial issue for all small island states of the Pacific. Accelerating the level of investment in adaptation and mitigation measures is seen as crucial, further to the adoption of the Paris Agreement and in view of the greenhouse gas emission levels and the severe climate disruptions experienced in the Pacific.