Climate change in Coral Triangle of the Pacific Countries: supporting communities to adapt

Climate change in Coral Triangle of the Pacific Countries: supporting communities to adapt

In 2010, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) launched a regional technical assistance to respond to concerns raised by five Pacific developing member countries that lie within or on the border of the Coral Triangle - €”Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, and Vanuatu, collectively called the Coral Triangle of the Pacific (CTP) countries -” regarding management of their coastal and marine resources. The technical assistance, comprising a design (Phase 1) and an operational phase (Phase 2), aimed to help these countries address the urgent threats facing their coastal and marine resources, in line with the objectives of the Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs Fisheries and Food Security.

This brief provides representatives of national government and regional organizations - €” and other key decision makers in climate change, development, fisheries, agriculture, environment, and natural resource management in CTP and similar countries - €”with policy advice to help rural communities adapt to climate change. The brief also provides donor organizations with information on where to target resources to support fishing and farming communities as they adapt to climate change. Policy interventions and issues to be considered are highlighted.

Key points:

  • climate change challenges poverty reduction and food and water security in the Coral Triangle
  • the project identifies actions to integrate into community efforts for building resilient fishing and farming livelihoods
  • the adaptation assessment promotes community decision making through participatory research activities
  • a set of policy recommendations focuses on strengthening the links of vulnerable communities with the national government
  • policy implementation requires support of nongovernment organizations at the community and national levels


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