Pacific Islands

  • “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.”

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: December 13, 2017

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Contact Information

Mission Contact

Lawrence Hardy II, Mission Director
USAID/Pacific Islands Regional Office
U.S. Embassy
158 Princes Road, Suva
Pacific Islands
+679 331-4466 ext. 8220

USAID Contact

Michael Glees, Desk Officer
U.S. Agency for International Development
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
, DC 
(202) 712-4728