Pacific Island Coastal Community Adaptation Project (C-CAP)
Pacific Island countries, some of which stand just a few meters above sea level, are among the most vulnerable in the world to climate change. This factsheet explains what USAID is doing to bolster the resilience of 12 Pacific Island countries through a climate adaptation project for 90 coastal communities.
The first phase of the Coastal Community Adaptation Project, begun in 2012, was to rehabilitate and construct new small-scale infrastructure that is designed to withstand the impacts of climate change, such as more severe typhoons and other weather events. The process itself is aimed at building community awareness and technical skills.
The second phase was to build upon communities’ existing disaster prevention and preparedness measures.
As a final project component, USAID is now helping to integrate climate resilient policies and practices into long-term land use plans and building standards. This includes improving building codes.
The project uses a decision support tool, the Infrastructure Prioritization Index, is helping communities to analyze the vulnerability of key assets to climate change and identify their highest-priority infrastructure needs for adaptation.
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