Federal Gov’t to Spend $3M to Fight Climate Change – in the Pacific Islands

April 10, 2014 - 2:53 PM

South Pacific Earthquake

In this Wednesday Feb. 6, 2013 photo provided by World Vision, a woman stands next to her belongings she found along a beach at Venga village after tsunami hit Temotu province, Solomon Islands.  AP Photo/World Vision)

(CNSNews.com) – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has announced it plans to award a $3 million grant to fight climate change in the Pacific Islands.

“Many Pacific Islands countries depend on tourism, fisheries, and agriculture as their main sources of income, foreign exchange, and economic livelihood,” the grant solicitation said.

“Climate change impacts such as beach erosion, sea level rise, warming temperatures, reduced freshwater access, bleaching of coral reefs, increased incidence of vector borne disease, and increasing storm intensities pose risks to these sectors and other economic activities,” it added.

According to its website, USAID is described as “the lead U.S. government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential.”

The Pacific-American Climate Fund or PACAM is a five-year grant-making facility based in the Philippines and implemented in 12 countries throughout the Pacific: Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu.

“Well-managed ecosystems have a greater potential to adapt to climate change, resist and recover more easily from extreme weather events, and provide a wide range of benefits on which people depend, while in contrast, poorly managed, fragmented and degraded ecosystems can increase vulnerability of people and nature to the impacts of climate change,” the grant said.

Women and climate change

“All applications will be evaluated for potential impacts on women,” the grant solicitation said.

“Gender equality and female empowerment are essential for achieving USAID’s development goals. This includes empowering women and girls to participate and benefit from development, through the integration of gender in the entire project cycle – from project planning and implementation to monitoring and evaluation,” it said.

“Special consideration will be given to proposals that benefit women, either through specific adaptation interventions, or through opportunities for women’s participation in the activity. Hence, applicants should describe and address specific climate change adaptation interventions by community members that create opportunities for women’s participation,” the grant solicitation added.

The grant solicitation, which was posted on March 14, 2014, calls for concept papers to be submitted by March 5, 2015.

CNSNews.com contacted USAID with a request for comment, but no response was given by press time.