Pacific Islands

  • Mendana Tutikera of Pine, Solomon Islands harvests honey, part of a livelihood project that supports sustainable natural resource management which includes income-generating activities such as honey bee farming.

  • “No mangroves, no fish.” Community members in Pari, Papua New Guinea learn how human behavior affects the mangroves and develop plans of their own to plant trees, maintain backyard nurseries and rehabilitate the shorelines.

  • A Papua New Guinea man wears a woman’s meri blouse, pledging his support against gender-based violence. “We must put ourselves in women’s shoes. I wear this blouse to show my respect for women and to support the stop of violence against women.”

  • Performers greet guests to a festive cultural presentation at the opening of the Third UN Conference on Small Island Developing States in Apia, Samoa.

  • 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.

About Pacific Islands

A vast proportion of the world’s shipping passes through Pacific waters, making the Pacific Islands central to global security and the global economy. They are also on the front lines of a number of global challenges, in particular climate change and natural disasters.

With some areas of the Pacific Islands only 15 feet above sea level, these nations are among the most vulnerable to the adverse impacts of climate change, but face daunting challenges in responding fully. USAID focuses on helping Pacific Island nations cope with the changing environmental conditions while improving lives and building a more sustainable, equitable future for all.

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Pacific Islands Regional Profile [PDF]

Last updated: November 21, 2016

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Contact Information

Mission Contact

Susan K. Brems, PhD, Mission Director / Richard L. Edwards, Regional Coordinator
USAID Pacific Islands Regional Office
U.S. Embassy, Douglas Street, P.O. Box 1492
Port Moresby
NCD
Papua New Guinea
Phone 
+675 321-1455 ext 2113
Fax 
+675 321-3423

USAID Contact

Melissa Kennison, Desk Officer
U.S. Agency for International Development
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington
, DC 
20523
USA
Phone 
(202) 712-4521