Global child rights organisation, Save the Children, has announced that it will deliver the Pacific region’s largest-ever investment in community-based climate change adaptation in one of the world’s biggest climate hotspots.
The investment which includes a US$32.6 million climate finance deal with the Green Climate Fund, the government of Vanuatu and the Australian government, is expected to help communities in Vanuatu, a South Pacific nation of roughly 80 islands, adapt to the rapidly growing threat of the climate crisis.
Vanuatu remains one of the world’s most vulnerable places to the impact of the climate crisis at risk of sea level rises that could lead to the disappearance of land, as well as extreme weather events including cyclones, storm surges, landslides, flooding and droughts.
Recall that last year, the nation launched an appeal to the International Court of Justice to protect the rights of current and future generations to be protected from climate change.
The Vanuatu Community-based Climate Resilience Project will support a total of 282 communities across the country over the next six years, by boosting access to knowledge; providing technical assistance and equipment to support climate-resilient agriculture and fisheries; and improving livelihood opportunities for rural and remote communities.
The project is expected to directly reach more than 90,000 people, or nearly half of the country’s rural population, across all six provinces in Vanuatu.
Save the Children seeks to improve the lives of children through better education, health care, and economic opportunities, as well as providing emergency aid in natural disasters, war, and other conflicts.
Story was adapted from Save the children.