The Global Climate Change Alliance Plus – Scaling up Pacific Adaptation (GCCA+ SUPA) Project


About

The Global Climate Change Alliance Plus - Scaling up Pacific Adaptation (GCCA+ SUPA) is about scaling up climate change adaptation measures in specific sectors supported by knowledge management and capacity building. The 4.5 year project (2019-2023) is funded with € 15 million from the European Union (EU) and implemented by The Pacific Community (SPC) in partnership with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the University of the South Pacific (USP), in collaboration with the governments and peoples of Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Tonga and Tuvalu.

Background

The first phase of the Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA), 2007 – 2014, sought to strengthen dialogue, exchange of experiences and cooperation on climate change between the EU and developing countries most vulnerable to climate change, in particular Least Developed Countries and Small Island Developing States. During this first phase there were two regional projects in the Pacific and several bilateral projects. The second phase of the GCCA, known as GCCA+ runs from 2014 – 2020, and has three priority areas: (i) climate change mainstreaming and poverty reduction; (ii) increasing resilience to climate-related stresses and shocks; and (iii) sector based climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies.

Objective

The Overall Objective of the GCCA+ SUPA project is to enhance climate change adaptation and resilience within ten Pacific island countries.

The Specific Objective is to strengthen the implementation of sector-based, but integrated, climate change and disaster risk management strategies and plans.

Key outputs

1. Knowledge management
An impact methodology will be designed to assess past adaptation interventions. After testing in three countries, this will be integrated into a user-friendly database module, which can be added to existing national climate change portals so as to inform national decision-making.

2. Capacity building
Focusing on local area stakeholders and especially sub-national governments, a needs analysis will be conducted, following which accredited training in resilience will be delivered in each country informed by local contexts.

3. Scaling up resilient development measures in specific sectors
Following the design of criteria for scaling up, countries will select specific focus sectors and implement the scaling up of past successful climate change adaptation interventions through enhancement, expansion, strengthening or replication. This will be supported by mainstreaming climate and disaster resilience into sector policies, plans and budgets.

Approach

The three outputs will be delivered in a coordinated and integrated manner, supported by the three implementing organizations, utilising a gender sensitive/rights-based approach and involving all stakeholders.

Regional frameworks and partners

GCCA+ SUPA will collaborate closely and seek partnerships with other programmes and projects in the region. The outputs and outcomes will contribute to the Framework for Resilient Development in the Pacific: An Integrated Approach to Address Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction (FRDP), the Paris Agreement to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and the Sustainable Development Goals