Adapting to Climate Change: Case Study - Freshwater Resources in Majuro, RMI
This case study technical report covers the two-day workshop on Practical Approaches to Coastal Adaptation to Climate Change in the Republic of the Marshall Islands, February 5-6, 2009 in Majuro, with an objective to introduce practitioners and resource managers to the Vulnerability and Adaptation (V&A) Approach and provide a facilitated environment for participants to apply a climate “lens” to economic sectors in the Republic of the Marshall Islands.
USAID developed the V&A approach, a six-step process, to help project and program planners account for and integrate climate concerns into development planning.
Objectives of the case study included developing recommendations for a freshwater management strategy in Majuro. The report not only describes the area’s freshwater challenges and the related stressors, it also provides adaptation options for coping with this change and variability.
Excerpt from the report:
As part of USAID’s support for climate change in the Marshall Islands following the initial workshop, IRG and CRC proposed three sets of activities: 1) V&A training-of-trainers for RMI governmental staff and other practitioners and climate change training for the College of the Marshall Islands’ Natural Resources Certificate Course for resource managers from the outer islands; 2) assistance in mainstreaming climate change into planning frameworks and area plans; and 3) case studies focused on practical adaptation options. On the strength of the small group exercises, discussions with USAID and RMI practitioners, and the potential replication value, IRG selected freshwater resources for one of the RMI case studies.