Adaptation to Climate Change: Case Study — Freshwater Resources in Majuro, RMI

With financial support from USAID and GTZ through the Micronesia Conservation Trust, International Resources Group (IRG) and the Coastal Resources Center (CRC) at the University of Rhode Island convened a 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. The objective of the workshop was 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 RMI.

The V&A approach is a six-step process developed by USAID to help project and program planners account for and integrate climate concerns into designs, plans and strategies. The V&A approach involves a similar set of sets as project cycles and policy reform processes. The major differences relate to the scope of problem diagnosis (screening) in the V&A approach, which considers the typical set of development stressors as well as vulnerability to climate change and variability.

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.

This report presents the results of the case study on freshwater resources management for Majuro. The case study involved the collaboration between IRG and the Marshall Islands Conservation Society (MICS) based in Majuro. The objective of the proposed case study is to develop recommendations for an adaptation strategy for managing freshwater resources in Majuro, in view of climate change and variability. The case study builds on the results of the workshop and is designed to examine the current situation in greater detail, define adaptation measures in precise terms in relation to effectiveness and implementation costs, evaluate candidate measures and make recommendations for integrating adaptation measures into an adaptation strategy.

Thursday, June 11, 2009 - 4:00pm

Last updated: February 05, 2014