NATURE-BASED SOLUTIONS FOR CLIMATE RESILIENCE
The Pacific is one of the most vulnerable regions to climate change. It has exceptional terrestrial and marine biodiversity that provides invaluable services to communities. Yet the Pacific countries and territories lack resources to address this challenge, whereas their traditional ways of life depend on it.
The Kiwa Initiative aims to strengthen the resilience of Pacific countries and territories’ ecosystems, economies and communities through a dedicated one-stop shop for funding projects that promote Nature-based Solutions (NbS).
Nature-based Solutions are defined by IUCN as “actions to protect, sustainably manage and restore natural or modified ecosystems that address societal challenges effectively and adaptively.”
The Initiative helps build both local and national capacity, promotes approaches that are sensitive to social vulnerability and gender inequality and foster dialogue amongst donors, regional organisations and countries and territories to improve development aid coordination.
The Kiwa Initiative recently joined forces with SPC and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) to launch a technical assistance program aiming at:
• Enhancing the capacities of 18 Pacific countries and territories to access Kiwa initative funding and identify eligible projects
• Developing large project addressing climate change adaptation through nature-based solutions
• Sharing lessons learned across the Pacific region and beyond.
The Kiwa Initiative also works locally on calls for projects managed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).