Pacific Mangroves Initiative for Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation
As of: March 2020
Objective and activities
The project supported the people of the Pacific Islands in adapting to climate change and maintaining their livelihoods through the improved management of mangroves. To this end, it was collecting and analysing data in order to assess the health of mangrove ecosystems and expand the knowledge base through climate change scenarios. In each of the participating countries, the project’s partners were reviewing or developing national and local strategies and tools for the management and restoration of mangroves and adjacent ecosystems. Specific mangrove management measures have been applied in selected pilot sites. In addition, the project was carrying out a comprehensive awareness raising and capacity development programme focusing on mangroves.
State of implementation/results
- Project completed
- Information campaign conducted on the importance of mangroves for the livelihoods and adaptation capacity of the Pacific Island population in all five countries; regular newsletter; display panels on Samoan buses used to communicate the project's key messages to people in remote areas
- Studies on mangrove forests conducted by teams of researchers; 26 previously undocumented mangrove species found in the surveyed areas which contributed to closing knowledge gaps; mapping of mangroves at the national level conducted for the first time in Tonga and Samoa
- Economic value of mangroves in the Pacific Islands calculated for the first time based on studies in the pilot regions of Vanuatu and Samoa
- For all five countries the legal and political basis for mangrove management was reviewed and gaps and weaknesses identified. Building on this work co-management plans for Samoa and Fiji were developed in a participative approach. The National Mangrove Management Plan for Fiji was revised and resource use plans in accordance with traditional land use rights were prepared in Solomon Islands and Vanuatu
- In Fiji the CO2 emission from mangrove conversion were quantified – a first in this region.
- Training activities carried out for government representatives and community members on issues related to measuring biomass, studying flora and fauna, and assessing the state of the coasts