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.
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.
Residents from Fijian villages examine their Climate Change Risk and Asset Map, which shows areas currently impacted by flood.
Performers greet guests to a festive cultural presentation at the opening of the Third UN Conference on Small Island Developing States in Apia, Samoa.
About Pacific Islands
The Pacific Islands are on the front lines of a variety of worldwide challenges, in particular global climate change and natural disasters. With some areas in the Pacific Islands only 15 feet above sea level, these nations are among the most vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change, as well as being some of the least able to respond. The region is home to more than 8.5 million people, major fisheries, coral reefs and important tropical forests where the United States has significant security and regional interests.
USAID assistance to Pacific Island nations focuses on environmental conservation and climate change adaptation, HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment in Papua New Guinea, and targeted democracy support initiatives in both Papua New Guinea and Fiji. We work closely with Pacific Island governments, bilateral and multilateral donors, the private sector, and civil society organizations to ensure that USAID programs have the greatest possible impact.
Last updated: February 17, 2015