Anosa spearfishes near bleached coral. USAID is working with his community to adapt to climate change and alter local habits, like deforestation, overfishing and pollution, which impact their environment and livelihood.
USAID Mission Director for Philippines and Pacific Islands, Gloria D. Steele, visits the villages of Vunisinu and Nalase in Rewa Province to see the implementation of USAID's Coastal Community Adaptation Project.
The Oceania Theatre Dance ensemble opens the Pacific American Climate Fund launch in Fiji. USAID aims to help Pacific Island countries adapt to climate change and strengthen organizations to ensure the sustainability of their efforts.
Anosa of Kavatoetoe, Tuvalu leads his boat to shore before going spearfishing. Climate change has led to rising sea surface temperature, ocean acidification, algae blooms and more, which threatens Anosa’s fishing community.
USAID is helping communities assess climate change risks through interactive Google Maps, which identify vulnerable locations, like flood-prone areas. The maps are used to plan and prioritize infrastructure adaptation.
About Pacific Islands
Pacific Island nations are among the most vulnerable to the adverse effects of global climate change, as well as being some of the least able to respond. USAID assistance covers 12 Pacific Island nations: Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.
The region is home to more than 9 million people, major fisheries, coral reefs, and important tropical forests, and is vital to U.S. Security and regional interests. The islands are culturally diverse, with more than 1,000 languages spoken and national populations ranging from less than 10,000 to more than six million. The region’s varied topography includes mountainous islands and low-lying coral atolls, some of which are only 15 feet above sea level.
USAID’s Pacific Islands Office works with Pacific Island nations to address acute environmental issues and the potential negative effects resulting from global climate change. The office also manages a disaster mitigation, relief and reconstruction program in the Republic of Marshall Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia, assists Papua New Guinea in building its capacity for HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment, and is engaged in both Papua New Guinea and Fiji with support to elections and democratic processes. In addition, USAID works to promote women, peace and security in Papua New Guinea.
USAID works closely with Pacific Island governments, regional organizations, and bilateral and multilateral partners to ensure that its assistance yields the highest impact by incorporating lessons learned and best practices from around the world.
Last updated: July 30, 2014