Global Climate Change Alliance: Pacific Small Island States Case Study: Best practice coastal protection in Tonga

Global Climate Change Alliance: Pacific Small Island States Case Study: Best practice coastal protection in Tonga

This case study is one of three produced as part of the Global Climate Change Alliance: Pacific Small Island States post-project evaluation. The Global Climate Change Alliance: Pacific Small Island States (GCCA: PSIS) Project is a European Union (EU) funded initiative to assist nine smaller Pacific Island states (Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Tonga and Tuvalu ) to adapt to climate change. The project was implemented by the Pacific Community (SPC), with an implementation period from July 2011 through to November 2016 . The overall objective of the project was to support the governments of nine small island states of the Pacific in their efforts to tackle the adverse effects of climate change. The GCCA: PSIS project consisted of on-ground climate change adaptation activities in specific sectors – coastal protection, marine resources, health, agriculture, and freshwater; supported by mainstreaming of climate change into national and sectoral policies, plans, budgets and procedures. The project also provided technical assistance, capacity building and supported regional collaboration.

The case study presented here captures key best practices found by the evaluation consultants during their field trip to Tonga. The SPC GCCA: PSIS project in Tongatapu successfully implemented two new coastal protection measures. Whilst the long term impact of these measures is still unknown, the processes the project followed to design, implement and monitor the project can be considered best practices that should be replicated in future coastal protection projects.

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