SCALING UP PACIFIC ADAPTATION VIDEO SERIES
The Scaling Up Pacific Adaptation Video Series features the different scaling-up activities being undertaken in the ten countries participating in the project and highlights themes such as sustainability, behavioural change and the nature of the scaling up being undertaken.
Planning Fiji's climate resilient infrastrucuture: Retrofit or relocate
Fiji, like many island countries in the Pacific, is susceptible to extreme weather events which are worsened by climate change. The frequency and intensity of cyclones, floods and droughts are changing and together with rising sea-levels represent an increasing threat to vulnerable communities. The European Union funded Global Climate Change Alliance Plus – Scaling up Pacific Adaptation (SUPA) project has been working with sectoral agencies and partners in Fiji to support the planning and costing of more robust infrastructure that are more adaptive to ongoing climate-related challenges.
Palau students address plastic pollution in the marine environment
Healthy marine ecosystems have the capacity to adapt to climate change. Today, plastic pollution is one of the greatest threats to the health of our ocean worldwide. At least 14 million tons of plastic end up in the ocean every year. This affects food security, human health and marine biodiversity. Since 2019, the European Union funded Global Climate Change Alliance Plus – Scaling up Pacific Adaptation (SUPA) project has been working with national agencies and partners in Palau to scale up a previous initiative to address coastal pollution and at the same time instil a sense of environmental stewardship amongst youth and citizens.
Sharing the same mindset – Keeping the environment clean
Since 2019, the European Union funded GCCA+ SUPA project has been working with national agencies and partners in Palau to address some of the environmental health issues impacted by climate change. In Palau, the project is helping communities in five states on the island of Babeldaob to monitor their community environment and reduce the incidence of water and vector borne diseases such as malaria and dengue fever.
Empowering youth to conserve marine ecosystems
The GCCA+ SUPA project is working with youth in the Pacific region to restore degraded mangroves, beaches and coral reefs, which are threatened by climate change and man’s own actions. Along some low-lying coasts, mangroves have been cleared for development leaving communities vulnerable to inundation by the sea especially during extreme events such as cyclones and typhoons. Plastic waste is harming marine organisms and often ending up on the region’s beaches while predatory species, such as the crown-of-thorns starfish are destroying coral reefs. Youth from Palau ,Cook Islands, Marshall Islands and Tonga are working with local organisations and government agencies to address these issues.
Growing our own food for healthy living in the Marshall Islands
This video features activities to enhance the resilience of the Marshallese people to maintain healthy lifestyles in their remote island homes in the face of a changing climate. The project is working with government and non-government partners to scale up atoll agriculture incorporating food security, community and household agriculture. This is being done in combination with behavioural changes that promote nutritious eating, frequent exercise and regular health checks.