Small island developing states [SIDS], including the Cook Islands, are highly vulnerable to climate change and sea level rise due to their small land masses and ocean surroundings. SIDS are also highly prone to natural disasters such as tropical cyclones. Many coastal communities and their socio-economic infrastructure and activities face serious coastal erosion problems caused by storm surges and coastal flooding relating to tropical cyclones.
In addition to sea-level rises and strong winds, the following climate conditions are considered to be potential sources of risk:
- Extreme rainfall events;
- Droughts; and
- Extreme high air temperatures
Early adaptation measures emphasized protecting land through ‘hard’ shore protection initiatives, instead of accommodating sea-level rise; however, the latter is increasingly garnering attention. In the Cook Islands, the focus has been on cyclone recovery, reconstruction, and disaster management. Building on these efforts, PACC CI is working to systematise a long-term adaptive approach.
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Financing AmountNational Budget Allocation: GEF-SCCF: $750,000 ; AusAID national allocation: $499,775
Cofinancing TotalGovernment of the Cook Islands: $2,700,000
Mr Keutekarakia Mataroa
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PACC Regional Project ManagerSPREPtaiton@sprep.org
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Local communities on Mangaia Island