Climate Change Adaptation

The world's climate is and has been changing for millennia, but now more than ever is it having dramatic impacts on human populations and the natural environments in which they live. While Pacific Island nations are facing some of the most immediate and devastating impacts from climate change (CC), they often have the least resources (human, technical and financial) to address this looming threat. Additionally, most climate change adaptation tools have focused on providing strategies to national and local governments, and NGO audiences, not local communities. PIMPAC aims to address CC challenges by facilitating Pacific island communities and managers who support them through a process that assesses their most pressing needs, provides a suite of tools to address those needs, and prioritizes actions that can be taken at the community level.

The first step in this process took place in September 2010 at the “Adapting to a Changing Climate” Workshop in Pohnpei, FSM. Click here to view the workshop report. The outcome of the workshop was a climate change adaptation tool kit, which consists of: a flipchart for outreach to describe concepts to communities, facilitator’s notes for each page of the flipchart and a booklet which provides the images and abbreviated notes from the flipchart - to be left in the community. Additionally, a great video was produced about the Climate Change Work being conducted in the region. Please click on this video link to watch it.

Currently, trainings are being conducted in each Micronesian jurisdiction on how to deliver these materials and how to use the revised PIMPAC management planning and adaptation guidebook  to carry out a management and adaptation planning process including a vulnerability assessment. The first training took place in the Republic of the Marshall Islands from August 22-26 2011. Below is a list of additional trainings and links to reports: 

 *New Addition- Climate Change Video Tool Kits 

Local Early Action Planning Video Tool Workbook

LEAP Tutorial for Climate Change Planning Video   

LEAP Water Video  

LEAP Marine Resources Video   

LEAP Climate Change Video

LEAP Agriculture Video   

LEAP Shorelines & Nearby Structures Video   

Nimpal Channel Marine Conservation Area Case Study Video

Hatohobei Island and Helen Reef Program Case Study Video   

New Addition- Climate Change Fact Sheets (Problems and Actions)

Problems Actions
Agriculture Agriculture
Climate Change Climate Change
Marine Resources Marine Resources
Shorelines Shorelines
Water Water

Coastal Change Guides:

Gombos, M., Atkinson, S., Green, A., & Flower, K. (Eds.). (2013). Designing Effective Locally Managed Areas in Tropical Marine Environments: A Facilitator’s Guide to Help Sustain Community Benefits Through Management for Fisheries, Ecosystems, and Climate Change. Jakarta, Indonesia: USAID Coral Triangle Support Partnership.

Gombos, M., Ramsay, D., Webb, A., Marra, J., Atkinson, S., & Gorong, B. (Eds.). (2014).
Coastal Change in the Pacific Islands, Volume One: A Guide to Support Community Understanding of Coastal Erosion and Flooding Issues. Pohnpei, Federated States of
Micronesia: Micronesia Conservation Trust.

Gombos, M., Ramsay, D., Webb, A., Marra, J., Atkinson, S., & Gorong, B. (Eds.). (2014).
Coastal Change in the Pacific Islands, Volume Two: A Guide to Support Community Decision-Making on Coastal Erosion and Flooding Issues. Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia: Micronesia Conservation Trust.

Gombos, M.,S. Atkinson, and, S. Wongbusarakum 2016 .Adapting To A Changing Climate:  Guide To Local Early Action Planning (LEAP)And Management Planning.Micronesia Conservation Trust: Pohnpei,Federated States of Micronesia. 99pp

This guide is designed to support a community-based or local level management and adaptation planning process. It can be used to explore the non-climate change and climate change threats within a defined geographic area or community in which there is a clear governing structure and decision-making process. The area can be large or small as long as the planning team involved in facilitating the process has decision-making authority or has the support from the governing authority of the area. For example, the area might be defined as a small coastal community that has land and sea tenure. Or, the area might be a small region of the coastline with several communities that is governed by a central agency or group. However, this tool is not designed for urbanized or densely populated areas with complex social and governance systems.


If you would like more information regarding these trainings or other PIMPAC related activities please contact PIMPAC's co-coordinator Mike Lameier.

 Links to Climate Change Resources:

    Coral Reefs and Climate Change in Microneisa Fact Sheet

    Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange(CAKE)

    Pacific Island (piko)

    Pacific Island Climate Change Cooperative (PICCC)

   WWF Adaptive Institutions

  The Center for Sustainable Development(on-line learning)



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