Increasing coastal resilience in the Pacifics
Wetlands International, WWF, the Institute of Applied Sciences and Wildlife Conservation Society developed a methodology for Adaptive Management of high biodiversity tropical mangrove areas and associated coral reef, sea-grass and upland ecosystems for the ability to recover from climate change impacts.
The developed methodology can assist conservation practitioners in the Pacific to promote effective vulnerability assessments, climate change adaptation projects and policies.
The partnership operated in four countries (Fiji, Cameroon and Tanzania) and was managed by a Global Coordinator (WWF-US). By testing the adaptation methodology in geographically diverse locations within a common habitat type, the process greatly enhanced replication in other areas around the globe.
The outputs from the project are:
- An Assessment and Status Report of relevant historical or existing baseline information for watersheds in the project sites Tikina Wai and Kubulau, in order to assess their biophysical status and vulnerability to Climate Change.
- Training of community monitors in terms of standardising watershed data collection across the two field sites.
- Active participation in assisting site communities to incorporate into their management system or plan, actions for watershed intactness to enhance the resilience of coastal systems against the impacts of Climate Change.
- Report on the collection of defined watershed data to reflect climate variability on river systems and its connectivity with coastal processes in the two project sites
- Active participation in planned stakeholder and national meetings.
- Report on Community Monitoring Training for the two project sites.
- Development of a Watershed Assessment Approach, specific to the project, detailing connectivity between watersheds, mangroves and associated coastal systems using the two project sites as case studies.
This project is being led by WWF, with Wetlands International as a project partner in the Fiji Islands.
Funded by: Global Environment Facility / UNEP with co-financing from WWF and partner organizations. Implemented by WWF-South Pacific (through the WWF Fiji Country Programme Office) with partners the Institute of Applied Sciences, Wildlife Conservation Society and Wetlands International.