Building coastal communities resilience to climate change impacts on water security.
Building coastal communities resilience to climate change impacts on water security.
The small islands countries of the Pacific including Vanuatu are experiencing increase of sea water causing coastline erosion causes loss of vegetation and reducing low land areas. In many low island areas intrusion of salt water in freshwater sources. Coastal villages are affected by reduced land areas, when houses, playing field and farms are damaged by coastal erosion. Variable precipitations causing droughts and heavy rainfall are affecting communities water supply availability and quality.

Ekipe community with a population of 560 people living a subsistence lifestyle is doing subsistence agriculture to sustain daily livelihood. are experiencing water shortages during long dry season, and coastline erosion when current water supply sources inland are drying up due to slow recharging and salt intrusion into the coastal springs aquifers. In 2009 the GEF UNDP Small Grant programme funded a water supply from a gravity fed system to 50 household as part of reduce waste from domestic washing direct into the water bodies and damaging the local environment such as coral reef. With a clean water supply provided to the local community, women had less hours to source water for domestic wash and the number of skin infectious diseases had been reduced by local clinic records. yet with the increasing population the water supply was not enough to provide for school institutions.

The village located in the low land coastal areas, the population in the community will need to be well informed of the climate change impacts such as sea level rise, and food crops damaged by heat stress or cyclones storms. In 2013, a number of NGOs had raised awareness and run trainings with the local community members and youth school programme about climate change and Disaster risks. The project intenede to assst the local vulnerable communtiy to developed climate change and DRR community plans and address the current waters security and coastal rehabilitation .
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Project Snapshot

Ekipe Health & Water Committee
Area Of Work:
Multifocal Area
Grant Amount:
US$ 42,350.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 29,000.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 13,400.00
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Emphasis on Sustainable Livelihoods
Having a community CC/DRR plan can help make the subsistence farmers to plan what and when is best to plant and secure water for washing and drinking. A water security financing introduced to help community sustained their water supply infrastructure.
Notable Community Participation
The project proposal was developed at the local community with the local water committee and community representatives. The funds will be managed the the local water committee to implement their plans of action. The construction of water infrastructure will be done by the local water committee.
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Total monetary value (US dollars) of clean energy services provided to project participants and / or community as a whole (in the climate change focal area) 1000



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Ms. Leah Silas Nimoho
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Ms. Sherryl Mahina Ulufia


SGP-Vanuatu, UN Joint Presence Office,Rue Mercet, Reserve Bank of Vanuatu 4th Level
PORT VILA, South West Pacific, PMB 9096