“Vegetation and land cover mapping and improving food security for building resilience to a changing”
 “climate in the Pacific island communities”




Long-term food security is emerging as a major issue in Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs). Population growth, rural to urban migration, deforestation and soil erosion are just a few of the issues that compound food security concerns in the region. It is now recognized that climate change is also likely to adversely affect food production in PICTs over the coming decades.

SPC and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in collaboration with partner agencies, are supporting the governments of six Pacific countries – Fiji, Kiribati, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu – in their efforts to adapt to the adverse effects of climate change on food security. The support includes updating vegetation and land cover maps at the national level for Fiji, Kiribati and Solomon Islands, as well as working with local communities to implement appropriate adaptation measures to build their resilience to climate change. Successful models will inform sectoral and national policies in PICTs.

Evaluate and implement innovative techniques and management approaches to increasing the climate change resilience of land-based food production systems for communities in Fiji, Kiribati, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu.


  1. Improve the understanding of Pacific Island communities on the present and potential future effects of climate change that will threaten  food security, and work with local communities to develop and build on existing methods of adaptation to cope with these effects.
  2. Improve the ability of all levels of the region to improve food security, as well as build on their ability to respond to changing climatic conditions.
  3. Improve the integration of successful approaches into adaptation strategies at all levels in the region, from rural communities to national planners.

Implementing agencies: Secretariat of the Pacific Community in partnership with national and provincial governments, regional agencies, development partners and non-governmental agencies.

Funded by: 

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United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

Target countries: Fiji, Kiribati, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu

Implementation period: 2012 to 2015

Budget: USD 4 million

Project Manager: Ms Vuki Buadromo

Geoscience Division | Pacific Community

Private Mail Bag, Suva | Level 1, Lotus Building, Nabua | Suva, Fiji

Tel: (679) 3379 350 |

Email: [email protected] | Skype: evukibuadromo

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