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PEBACC +, Scaling-up Ecosystem-based Adaptation to climate change in the Pacific Islands

 Fiji | New Caledonia | Solomon Islands | Vanuatu | Wallis and Futuna
PEBACC +, Scaling-up Ecosystem-based Adaptation to climate change in the Pacific Islands
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Ecosystem-based Adaptation #EbA in the context of the PEBACC+ project

28 August 2023

Ecosystem-based Adaptation #EbA in the context of the PEBACC+ project

@ Photo- SPREP S.Tavanabola

#EbA is a Nature-based approach that is using the full potential of #ecosystems to protect #biodiversity and enhance social / economic resilience to #climatechange.

In the Kiwa Initiative, our #PEBACC+ regional project is scaling up Ecosystem-based Adaptation interventions. For instance, in Taveuni, #Fiji, where the deterioration of soil quality, degraded water catchments and low #agricultural yields over the years is threatening food security, the local communities have decided to address this issue with the use of native tree #reforestation and #agroforestry.

Conscious that they needed to make an effective change happen and thanks to the Kiwa Initiative PEBACC+ project, local #communities are now improving Ecosystem-based Adaptation #EbA interventions in order to improve agricultural soil and water catchment health.

The Kiwa PEBACC+ Project Manager at Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), Ms. Loraini Sivo, explained:

“The implementation of Kiwa PEBACC+ project specific to Taveuni will scale up reforestation and the agroforestry programme as well as train decision-makers on EbA and Nature-based Solution #NbS approaches, green infrastructure, and environmental protection. The project continues to receive support from local and traditional leaders; this is important to provide a solid foundation in carrying on the work while also ensuring that there will be sustainability after the project period."

Click in this article to learn more about #EbA in the context of the Kiwa PEBACC+ project in #Taveuni: https://urlz.fr/nmPa

Embarking on Field Work: Kiwa #PEBACC+ project takes its first steps!

22 September 2023

Embarking on Field Work: Kiwa #PEBACC+ project takes its first steps!

@ Sprep

This week marks the beginning of fieldwork for the Barana Community Nature and Heritage Park, as part of the Kiwa #PEBACC+ regional project in the Solomon Islands. It’s an exciting moment as planned activities are transforming into impactful actions!

What is the objective of the Kiwa PEBACC+ project in the Solomon Islands?

- Supporting ecosystem and forest rehabilitation activities in Barana Community Nature and Heritage Park and its Information Center.

- Enhancing landscaping and capacity building at the Honirara Botanical Garden.

- Executing provincial Ecosystem and Socio-Economic Resilience Analysis and Mapping (ESRAM) assessments while implementing Ecosystem-based Adaptation #EbA solutions in Small Malaita and Maramasike Passage, Malaita Province.

Factsheet on our #PEBACC+ regional project

23 February 2024

Factsheet on our #PEBACC+  regional project

@ Kiwa Initiative

The regional #PEBACC+ project supported by Kiwa Initiative and Fonds français pour l'environnement mondial (FFEM) aims to:

  • Strengthen the resilience of ecosystems, economies and populations,
  • Promote the #EbA Ecosystem-based Adaptation and #NbS Nature-based Solutions approach,
  • Foster regional cooperation between #PICTs.

➡️To learn more about the project, download the project factsheet here: https://urlz.fr/pEoK

Inception workshop for the second phase of the PEBACC+ project in Vanuatu

9 November 2023

Inception workshop for the second phase of the PEBACC+ project in Vanuatu

@ Sprep

On the Inception Workshop of the second phase of the PEBACC+ project, key national stakeholders, such as the Vanuatu Department of Climate Change for shared their willigness to pursue the efforts on Ecosystem-based Adaptation and Nature-based Solutions to climate change.

"While we have disasters affecting us like the cyclone Lola, it gives us this opportunity to strengthen our collaboration and partnerships through ecosystem protection as a shield to our communities and islands from adverse impact of climate change and climate disaster," declared Mr. Mike Waiwai, Vanuatu Department of Climate Change Director.

Inception workshops were organized for the second phase of the Kiwa PEBACC+ project

12 September 2023

Inception workshops were organized for the second phase of the Kiwa PEBACC+ project

@ Sprep

Since 2015, the PEBACC project held by Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has been dedicated to developing, sustaining, and institutionalizing Ecosystem-based Approach #EbA and Nature-based Solutions #NbS for climate change adaptation across Pacific countries and territories.

After a first phase of implementation, the second phase, under the Kiwa PEBACC+ project, is now expanding to three new sites in the Solomon Islands, aiming to:

  • Support ecosystem and forest rehabilitation activities, along with the Information Center at the Barana Community Nature and Heritage Park
  • Contribute to the Honiara Botanical Garden’s landscaping and capacity development
  • Undertake provincial Ecosystem and Socio-Economic Resilience Analysis and Mapping (ESRAM) assessments, implementing EbA options in Small Malaita and Maramasike Passage, Malaita Province

On September 12th, the PEBACC+ team, joined by stakeholders and Mr. Stuart Chape, SPREP Director of the Island and Ocean Ecosystems Division, gathered in the Solomon Islands for the inception workshop of the Kiwa PEBACC+ project.

We would like to thank the valued stakeholders present, including the Solomon Islands Ministry of Provincial Government and Institutional Strengthening, Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, Ministry of Forestry and Research, Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management, and Meteorology, National Herbarium and Botanical Garden, The Nature Conservancy in the Pacific, and the Small Grants Programme under the UN Development Programme and Global Environment Facility.

Kiwa Initiative's #PEBACC+ project launched in New Caledonia !

12 October 2023

Kiwa Initiative's #PEBACC+ project launched in New Caledonia !

@ PEBACC+

On October 12th, the #PEBACC+ Country Steering Committee met in Nouméa for the official launch of the project in New Caledonia.

What actions will be carried out in the territory's three provinces?

  • Technical and financial support for demonstration activities:
  • Protecting the beaches of Baie de St-Joseph in Ouvéa (Loyalty Islands Province).
  • Restoration of urban mangroves in Greater Nouméa (South Province).
  • Improving fire management in the mining south (North Province).

 An analysis of ecosystem resilience and socio-economic impact will be carried out. This #ESRAM ("Ecosystemic & Socioeconomic Resilience Analysis and Mapping") approach will enable the identification of Nature-based Priority Solutions.

Support for local and regional players in integrating valuable #NbS solutions into their strategies and policies for adapting to climate change.

The PEBACC+ Country Steering Committee brings together the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), the Gouvernement de la Nouvelle-Calédonie, La Province des Iles Loyauté, Province Nord, Nouvelle Calédonie, the Associations de Maires and the Sénat Coutumier de la Nouvelle-Calédonie. Observer members (AFD, FFEM, Kiwa Initiative Secretariat, DAFE, ADEME/Agency for Ecological Transition, OFB, representatives of beneficiary local communities, etc.) are also involved.

Thanks to the PEBACC+ and SPREP project teams who came from Fiji and Samoa for this important moment.

Find out more in the press release: https://lnkd.in/g99fmTdR

Launching Phase Two of Kiwa’s #PEBACC+ regional project in Fiji’s Garden Island, Taveuni !

29 September 2023

Launching Phase Two of Kiwa’s #PEBACC+ regional project in Fiji’s Garden Island, Taveuni !

@ Sprep

The PEBACC+ team, in collaboration with Cakaudrove Provincial Office in Taveuni, recently organised a dynamic three-day inception workshop. The workshop discussed field project actions centered on #NbS, aimed at addressing climate change adaption and biodiversity conservation.

This inclusive discussion welcomed diverse stakeholders, including district traditional leaders, landowners, key community representatives (women’s group and youth groups), informal settlements, leaseholders and farmers.

As part of the inception workshop, participants joined hands to plant 50 native tree seedlings in Navakacoa Village and an impressive 100 mangrove seedlings along the Naselesele coastline, contributing to the protection and restoration of these vital ecosystems.

A National Inception Workshop is on the horizon and will be held in Savusavu on October, 4th, 2023.

What is the purpose of Phase Two in the Kiwa #PEBACC+ project?
- Accelerate EbA interventions, to limit the agricultural expansion into forested areas.
- Sustainably manage coastal erosion through mangrove rehabilitation and reforestation of degraded riparian zones.
- Implement agroforestry practices to improve farming sustainability.

Meet Nicolas Rocle, the lead developer of the PEBACC + project!

25 January 2023

Meet Nicolas Rocle, the lead developer of the PEBACC + project!

@ Kiwa Initiative

Nicolas Rocle, Coastal and marine specialist at SPREP, is explaining the objectives of the Kiwa Initiative’s PEBACC+ regional project.

Watch his interview: Meet Nicolas Rocle, PEBACC + project leader ! - YouTube

PEBACC+, the new Kiwa regional project for Ecosystem-based adaptation to climate change in Fiji, Solomon Islands, New Caledonia, Vanuatu and Wallis and Futuna

11 March 2022

PEBACC+, the new Kiwa regional project for Ecosystem-based adaptation to climate change in Fiji, Solomon Islands, New Caledonia, Vanuatu and Wallis and Futuna

@ Kiwa Initiative

This Friday, March 11, 2022, the Initiative community welcomed the team of the second Kiwa regional project: PEBACC+.

This new Kiwa regional project, implemented by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Program, aims to develop a participatory approach. The PEBACC+ team will rely on local communities to analyze the climatic and non-climatic threats as well as the services that the different ecosystems can provide, but also to identify the most favourable and robust adaptation options in the face of climate change in Fiji, Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands, New Caledonia and Wallis and Futuna.

The Director General of the Ocean Regional Environment Programme, Kosi LATU and the Director General of the French Development Agency Rémy Rioux, also representing the French Global Environment Facility (FFEM) signed the agreement of the new regional project in Noumea and in videoconference with the Initiative community, donors representatives and SPREP team.

PEBACC+: official visit to restoration sites on the Tagabe River in Vanuatu

25 November 2022

PEBACC+: official visit to restoration sites on the Tagabe River in Vanuatu

@ Kiwa Initiative

During her visit to Vanuatu, Mrs. Chrysoula Zacharopoulou, French Minister of State for Development, Francophonie and International Partnerships, attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, visited several restoration sites of the Tagabe River and its watershed.

These replanting and revegetation activities were initiated more than 5 years ago thanks to the PEBACC project (2015-2020) implemented by SPREP, and are currently being pursued within the framework of the PACRES (Pacific Climate Change Resilience) project funded by the European Union.

Through the regional project PEBACC+ (Pacific Ecosystem-based Adaptation to Climate Change) coordinated by SPREP and funded by the Kiwa Initiative and the French Facility for Global Environment (FFEM), this work will be strengthened and expanded from 2023 to 2026, in partnership with the government, associations, upstream farmers and coastal communities. This will involve providing various technical and financial support for tree nursery and mangrove planting activities, the creation of buffer zones to combat erosion and flooding, awareness-raising and mobilization of local communities, waste management, and governance for integrated management of the Tagabe River.

The Tagabe River and its watershed provide major environmental services to the communities of the Port Vila area (drinking water supply, protection against erosion and flooding around the banks to the mangroves). The activities envisaged within the framework of the Kiwa PEBACC+ project thus aim to strengthen the climatic resilience of the populations through ecosystem-based adaptation activities.

Many thanks to Mike Waiwai, Director of the Vanuatu Climate Change Department, Judy Kalotap, Head of the Forestry Department's nursery, Bani Arudovo, Patrick Saki Fong and Presley Dovo, in charge of replanting and monitoring operations,for their welcome, to Mathilde Kraft and Nicolas Rocle from SPREP, who accompanied the delegation.

Request for tenders for #PEBACC+ project: Provision of Technical Training on Agroforestry/Agroecology for Taveuni Farmers

23 February 2024

Request for tenders for #PEBACC+ project: Provision of Technical Training on Agroforestry/Agroecology for Taveuni Farmers

@ Kiwa Initiative

The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) wishes to call for tenders from qualified and experienced #technical #trainers that can offer their expertise and undertake a series of continued capacity building programs to #farmers on #Taveuni Island, #Fiji, for the #PEBACC+ project held under the Kiwa Initiative.

In Fiji, the PEBACC+ project will support the strengthening of Agroforestry initiatives as an option to EBA approaches. The Master Plan document high-lights a few EbA actions critical to Taveuni (some of which are site specific depending on the threat levels encountered) which includes:

1️⃣ Training on agricultural improvement and diversification by conducting science-based field trials for diversified crop systems with goals of improving soil fertility and crop diversification,
2️⃣ Training on the establishment of agroforestry systems and implementation guidance to landowner (including leaseholders in formal and informal settlements),
3️⃣ Implementing diversified long- and short-term income alternatives, food security and land erosion protection,
4️⃣ Rehabilitating of reclaimed leased lands for agroforestry and high-value plantation,
5️⃣ Rehabilitating upper elevation farms with diversified crops (agroforestry plantation),
6️⃣ Develop agroforestry options in lower elevation working farms.

➡️ Information and attachments online: https://lnkd.in/eju2nChA

Qualified consortia and organisations are encouraged to apply.

➡️ The due date for submission of the tender is: 15 March 2024 midnight (Apia, Samoa local time).

Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme - SPREP - is hiring for PEBACC+ Project

16 September 2022

Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme - SPREP - is hiring for PEBACC+ Project

@ Kiwa Initiative

Our partner, the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme - SPREP is hiring for Kiwa PEBACC+ Project.

The following positions are available in their respective countries:

  • Project Manager - Fiji
  • Country Coordinator - Solomon Islands
  • Country Coordinator - Vanuatu
  • Finance & Administration Officer  - Fiji
  • Communications Officer - Fiji

Application closes on Friday, October 7, 2022.

The Kiwa PEBACC+ (Pacific Ecosystem-Based Adaptation to Climate Change) project, coordinated and implemented by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme - SPREP, aims to strengthen and diversify ecosystem-based adaptation activities in Fiji, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, New Caledonia and Wallis and Futuna. Relying on strong stakeholders’ participation, the project will address climate and non-climate environmental challenges that communities are experiencing, using Ecosystem-based Adaptation approaches in a more systematic way as well as promoting and mainstreaming into public policies.

Update of the PEBACC+ project in Vanuatu after the cyclone Judy and Kevin

23 November 2023

Update of the PEBACC+ project in Vanuatu after the cyclone Judy and Kevin

@ SPREP

The tropical cyclone Judy and Kevin this year damaged the Lake Eweya on Tanna Island in Vanuatu, a major nursery area for the local fishes and mangroves. This lake is also one of the main sites for food source for local communities.

Mangrove rehabilitation will be planned in this area to mitigate all these major underlying issues.

  • Project name:
    Pacific Ecosystem-based Adaptation for Climate Change Plus (PEBACC+)
  • Project Coordinator:
    Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environmental Programme (SPREP)
  • Project Start:
    2022
  • Estimated term:
    2026
  • Amount of funding:
    5.8 M€: €4M from the Kiwa Initiative and 1.8 M€ from the French Facility for Global Environment (FFEM)
  • Project leader:
    Regional organization
  • Type of NbS:
    Management / Protection of terrestrial, coastal and marine ecosystems -  Restoration / Rehabilitation of terrestrial, coastal and marine ecosystems - Preservation of functional agricultural & forest ecosystems
  • Cobenefits:
    Water resource availability and quality -  Socio-economic resilience -  Reduction of invasive alien species - Biodiversity conservation

This project is a continuation of the Pacific Ecosystem-Based Adaptation to Climate Change (PEBACC) project, funded by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) and implemented from 2015 to 2020 by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) in Fiji, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands.

The PEBACC project developed and implemented a systematic and participative approach to analysing climate and non-climate threats as a basis for adaptation planning in several pilot sites. This work has led to the development of comprehensive master plans in close collaboration with stakeholders and local communities.

Concrete ecosystem management and protection actions have already been completed at several demonstration sites under PEBACC. For an overview of the project deliverables, see the following page: Project Publications and Reports | Pacific Environment (sprep.org).

As part of the Kiwa Initiative regional component, this second phase of the project (PEBACC+ for Ecosystem-based climate change adaptation in the Pacific Islands) will strengthen existing activities, diversify them, and integrate ecosystem-based adaptation into public policies to ensure its sustainability. Two new territories, New Caledonia and Wallis and Futuna, will also be able to benefit from the PEBACC approach and activities to be implemented on the ground.

Examples* of some expected PEBACC+ project activities:

  • Training for decision makers on EbA and NbS approaches, green infrastructure, and environmental protection.
  • A reforestation and agroforestry program in Taveuni, Fiji.
  • Support for the Blue Town initiative (integrated coastal zone management plan) in Savusavu, Fiji.
  • Support for ecosystem and forest rehabilitation and a resource center in the Barana Community Nature and Heritage Park, Solomon Islands.
  • Restoration of the Tagabe River in Port Vila, Vanuatu.
  • Support for reforestation, agroforestry, and the creation of a locally managed marine area in Lenakel (Tanna, Vanuatu).
  • Support for the development and implementation of EbA measures in New Caledonia and Wallis and Futuna.

*(non-exhaustive and non-definitive list)

The objective of the project?

  • Develop, support and institutionalize the ecosystem-based approach to climate change adaptation in Fiji, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, New Caledonia and also Wallis and Futuna.
  • Consolidate the EbA experience on historical demonstration sites and expand it to new areas, in order to diversify adaptation options and reach New Caledonia and Wallis & Futuna. These activities will contribute to the institutionalisation of ecosystem-based adaptation at the national and local levels and ensure its sustainability.
  • • Strengthen regional cooperation among Pacific Island Countries and Territories by sharing experiences and lessons learned, and promote and replicate the project concept to increase the resilience of Pacific communities to climate change.

Info+

Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs) have unique characteristics that make them vulnerable, including their close dependence on natural resources, remoteness and increased exposure to global environmental challenges, such as climate change. In addition to the impacts of climate change, the project's target countries (Fiji, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, New Caledonia and also Wallis and Futuna) face major non-climatic environmental challenges, such as :

  • land use change and unsustainable exploitation of natural resources in watersheds,
  • large-scale removal of mangroves,
  • overfishing,
  • unplanned growth of urban centers,
  • poor waste and wastewater management,
  • general population increase,
  • economic dependence on agriculture and tourism (in Fiji and Vanuatu),
  • unsustainable logging with high ecological impacts (in Solomon Islands),
  • fires (in New Caledonia),
  • invasive alien species,
  • decline in biodiversity that supports food security and economic income.

Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) approaches bring a relevant and essential response to the impacts of climate change. By taking into account the ecosystem services on which people depend for their livelihoods and social and economic resilience, EbA integrates the sustainable use of biodiversity and ecosystem services into a comprehensive adaptation strategy.

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