Scaling up Pacific adaptation using a people-centred approach

The Global Climate Change Alliance Plus (GCCA+) Scaling up Pacific Adaptation (SUPA) project places people at the centre of climate change adaptation efforts as the project seeks to enhance climate change adaptation and resilience and strengthen the implementation of sector-based, but integrated, climate change and disaster risk management strategies and plans.

The project is delivered in a coordinated and integrated manner, supported by the three implementing organisations ( SPC, SPREP, USP ), utilising a people-centred approach and involving men, women, elders, youth, persons with disabilities and other vulnerable groups.


Following the design of criteria for scaling up, countries will select specific focus sectors and implement the scaling up of past successful climate change adaptation interventions through enhancement, expansion, strengthening or replication. This will be supported by mainstreaming climate and disaster resilience into sector policies, plans and budgets.

Focusing on local area stakeholders and especially sub-national governments, a needs analysis will be conducted, following which training in resilience will be delivered in each country informed by local contexts.

An impact methodology will be designed to assess past adaptation interventions. After testing in three countries, this will be integrated into a user-friendly database module, which can be added to existing national climate change portals so as to inform national decision-making.





Sector focus

Fiji and Tonga are scaling up coastal protection measures for vulnerable coastal communities. In Tonga, measures will concentrate on the north coast of Tongatapu while in Fiji, the Soasoa drainage basin in Labasa is the focus. Besides tangible on-the-ground coastal protection measures, planning for climate change impacts to the coastal areas through to 2050 is a key component

Five countries (FSM, Nauru, Niue, Kiribati and Tuvalu) are scaling up community water security. Rainwater harvesting and desalination units are among the measures to be scaled up, with special attention on outer island communities in FSM and Kiribati. Capacity building and training to support the newly installed systems are key areas for concentration

Marshall Islands and Palau are scaling up climate change adaptation in the health sector. In the Marshall Islands, enhancing community health and wellness in combination with atoll agriculture is the goal, while Palau is concentrating on reducing the community’s vulnerability to vector-borne diseases.

Cook Islands is scaling up the marine resources sector, with a particular focus on aquaculture development for the communities in Aitutaki and other outer islands.

The action will contribute to the Framework for Resilient Development in the Pacific (FRDP), the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Paris Agreement to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and the Sustainable Development Goals.


SPC / SPREP component

Final Report

SPC / SPREP component

2022 Annual Report

2019 Annual Report

2021 Annual Report

2020 Annual Report

USP component

2021 Annual Report

2020 Annual Report

2019 Annual Report

The GCCA+ SUPA project regularly holds regional meetings involving all 10 countries, regional organisations, development partners and other stakeholders, enabling sharing of information, experience and lessons learned.

Reports are available here:

Steering Committee meetings:

1st SCM- Apr 2021

4th SCM- September 2022

2nd SCM- Sept 2021

5th SCM- September 2023

3rd SCM- April 2022

Zooming SUPA sessions:

Session 1: Marshall Islands & Palau- health

Session 4: FSM and Niue- water security (rainwater water harvesting)

Session 2: Fiji and Tonga – coastal protection

Session 5: Nauru, Kiribati, Tuvalu- water security (different aspects of desalinisation)

Session 3: Cook Islands – marine resources

Session 6: Impacts analysis methodology

Inception and Planning meeting:

Inception and Planning Meeting- Mar 2019

Virtual Training on the fundamentals of Photography & Videography, July 2021

Communications Plan