The Kiwa Initiative is a multi-donor program that aims to strengthen the climate change resilience of Pacific Island ecosystems, communities and economies through Nature-Based Solutions (NbS), that is to say by protecting, sustainably managing and restoring biodiversity. It is founded on an easier access to climate change adaptation and NbS funding for national and local authorities, civil society, international and local NGOs and regional organizations in Pacific Island Countries and territories, including the three French overseas territories.
[...] we need to take concrete initiatives. We have taken them [...] and they are materializing. [We agreed] to take [an initiative at the 2017 One Planet Summit] which matters to you dearly […] in favor of biodiversity, and to put in place this donor fund that will pool contributions and protect the most vulnerable territories, protect biodiversity, address all the issues, related to global warming, essentials to our territories.
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Announced by the President of the French Republic at the 2017 One Planet Summit and stemming from a Franco-European process, the Kiwa Initiative is launched in March 2020 to tackle the challenge of climate change adaptation in the Pacific through the preservation, promotion and restoration of biodiversity.
The Initiative is currently endowed with 75 million euros* and is managed by the Agence Française de Développement. For the first time, it brings together the European Union, France, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
*Amount to be formalised with an addendum to the contribution agreement / arrangements between AFD and the donors.
DECEMBER 12, 2017
SEPTEMBER 26, 2018
At the 2018 One Planet Summit, on the sideline of the 73rd general assembly of the United Nations, France, the European Union, Australia and New Zealand announce the Pacific Initiative for Biodiversity, Climate change and Resilience, funded with €21M.
NOVEMBER 18, 2018
At the 2018 APEC Summit in Papua New Guinea, Canadian Prime Minister Justin TRUDEAU announces Canada’s contribution to the Pacific Initiative for Biodiversity, Climate change and Resilience. The overall amount is €28M.
MARCH 31, 2020
Official launch of the Initiative which becomes the Kiwa Initiative, Nature-based solutions for climate resilience. The contributions reach nearly €31M.
NOVEMBER 18, 2020
Signing of the 3 first financing agreements between AFD and the Pacific Community (SPC), the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
JULY 19, 2022
During the 5th France-Oceania Summit, President Emmanuel Macron announced the renewed support of France (€5M), the European Union (€4M*) and New Zealand (€1.2M) to the Kiwa Initiative. Thus, it has now raised €41 million.
*EU top-up to be formalised with an addendum to the Contribution Agreement between AFD and the EU.
JULY 19, 2022
During the annual Steering Committee in Suva on July 19th, the Initiative's donors have renewed their financial support, raising the current budget from EUR 41 million to EUR 57 million. France is providing an additional contribution of EUR 8 million, the European Union EUR 6 million, New Zealand NZD 2 million and Australia AUD 2 million.
MAY 16, 2023
During the 2023 Kiwa Initiative Steering Committee meeting, France and Canada announced increased contributions, bringing the Kiwa Initiative's budget to more than EUR 75 million.
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The Kiwa Initiative is committed to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals - UN SDGs.
The Kiwa Initiative
Who is AFD ?
Agence Française de Développement (AFD) Group is a public institution that implements France’s policy in the areas of development and international solidarity. AFD Group comprises AFD, which is dedicated to financing public sector and NGOs, research and training on sustainability, its subsidiary Proparco, dedicated to private-sector stakeholders, and soon Expertise France, the technical cooperation agency. The Group finances, supports and accelerates transitions to a fairer and more resilient world.
We build with our partners shared solutions with and for communities of the South. Our teams are engaged in more than 4000 projects on the field, in overseas territories, in more than 115 countries and in territories in crisis, for the common goods: climate, biodiversity, peace, gender equality, education and health. We are thus contributing to the commitment of France and the French to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). For a world in common.
Representatives from Melanesia, Polynesia and Micronesia
The Kiwa Initiative has partnered with the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), the main scientific and technical intergovernmental organizations in the region, in order to support the potential beneficiaries of the Initiative in setting up projects, reinforce capacities of Pacific countries and territories in terms of Nature-based Solutions and climate change adaptation.
The Kiwa Initiative Team
The Kiwa Initiative team with the representative from AFD's Pacific Regional Office and experts from the Secretariat. From left to right:
Seated: Jason Deschamps, Carole Servas.
Standing 1st row: Aurélie Ahmim-Richard (AFD), Margot Bantegny, Florence Bernard and Liliane Fabry.
Standing 2nd row: Jean-Etienne Blanc, Mahé Charles.
The Agence Française de Développement (AFD) is responsible for managing all the Kiwa funds and is in charge of the implementation of the Initiative.
AFD is assisted by a Secretariat based at AFD's Pacific Regional headquarter in New Caledonia.
The Secretariat's mission is to provide technical, logistical, communication, administrative and financial support to AFD for the management of the Initiative. The Secretariat assists regional project holders in the development of their projects, participates in their evaluation and their valorization. Thus, it provides a support to AFD for the monitoring of the various regional projects selected.