Pohnpei, FSM 12 March 2018 - The Vice-President Yosiwo P. George of the Federated States of Micronesia launched their first ever Adaptation Fund Project in the FSM National Government Capitol, Palikir. The Inception Workshop marks the commencement of the project "Enhancing climate change resilience of vulnerable island communities in FSM".
With a view to advancing their national climate change and disaster risk management priorities, 40 representatives from government departments, state governments, donor partners, private sector, and non-governmental organisations gathered in Pohnpei on Wednesday 31st January to participate in the Introductory Workshop for the Federated States of Micronesia’s (FSM) Climate Change and Disaster Risk Finance Assessment.
Disaster systems in FSM and Kosrae State were put to the test this summer!
USD 9 million has been approved for the Federated States of Micronesia to help island communities reduce vulnerability to extreme drought, sea level rise and other climate risks.
The 29th Meeting of the Adaptation Fund Board approved the "Enhancing the climate change resilience of vulnerable island communities in Federated States of Micronesia" project jointly developed by FSM and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), with assistance from regional partners.
In a decisive move to combat the effects of climate change and disasters, Pacific Leaders endorsed the world's first ever integrated regional framework to build resilience to climate change and disasters at the annual Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) late last year.
A natural disaster is 30 times more likely to occur in the Pacific Islands than in the U.S. The pressing issues include the region’s vulnerability to disasters and the impacts of climate change. Even small disasters can overwhelm small-island economies like the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). Many communities in FSM are being displaced due to rising sea levels. The Pacific is also dealing poverty issues, urbanization and population growth.
A joint Environment Summit and Disaster Risk Management Platform is being held this week (15-19 August) in Weno, Chuuk, to address challenges related to the impacts of disasters throughout the Federated States of Micronesia.
The Office of Environment and Emergency Management (OEEM) is leading the event, joining these critical topics together to ensure a common focus and agreement is made on a way forward to address the vulnerabilities communities face in terms of disaster.
By Makereta Komai in Frankfurt, Germany
Six Pacific Island Countries will receive a 100 percent increase in their annual grants from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), from next year.
This has been made possible with the ground breaking initiative by the Bank to merge its lending operation, the Asian Development Fund (ADF) and its Ordinary Capital Resources (OCR), boosting its total annual lending and grant to as high as US$20 billion.
The special needs of outer island communities must be considered in the planning and design of climate change adaptation projects.
That was a clear message stressed by participants at the Global Climate Change Alliance: Pacific Small Islands States (GCCA: PSIS) project’s ‘lessons learnt’ meeting that recently concluded in Yap State in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM).
Kosrae, FSM and Tuvalu were the host for several workshops held in June and July to help mainstream climate change and related disaster risks into policy, decision making and related budgetary processes.
The Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) workshops under the Pacific Cost Benefit Analysis Initiativefurther enhanced the capacity of Government Officials in Kosrae and Tuvalu to conduct and use CBA's to prepare quality CBA reports to help inform selection and design of 'climate-resilient' projects in food security and infrastructure sectors.
In the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change (PACC) project focused on coastal zone management on the island of Kosrae, and specifically the ‘climate proofing’ of a section of island road. The choice of project was influenced by earlier work under the Asian Development Bank (ADB)-funded Climate Adaptation in the Pacific (CLIMAP) project in 2005, which identified the need for climate proofing of the road, and carried out various assessments and analyses, but did not complete the on-the-ground work.
HONOLULU (May 5, 2015) -- The East-West Center has been awarded funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to continue to serve as the lead institution in the Pacific Regional Integrated Science and Assessment (RISA) program, which is designed to help island and coastal communities cope with the effects of climate change. This is the second full program award the Center has received from NOAA, and marks the program’s transition into a new phase.
Two Category 5 cyclones have hit the Pacific in the space of 3 weeks. As the Category 5 Super Typhoon Maysak hits Micronesia, authorities in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) say there have been casualties and severe damage to infastructure in Chuuk state.
In the wake of the extensive devastation that Cyclone Pam caused, and as Typhoon Maysak continues to wreak havoc, Pacific Island communities are acutely aware of the dangers of coastal living.
By Catherine Wilson
SYDNEY, May 29 2014 (IPS) - The Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), a western Pacific Island state located north of Papua New Guinea and east of Palau, has become a regional pioneer in drafting national legislation centred on climate change.
The Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change Project in Kosrae, Federated States of Micronesia is climate proofing coastal roads with new hydraulic design features that take into account flooding risks from increased rainfall and sea level rise.
This five year project will also develop climate proofing guidelines for road infrastructure, which will be used during implementation of the updated Kosrae Shoreline Management Plan that was presented to Governor Honorable Lyndon H. Jackson in March this year.
IOM’s Pacific footprint has expanded a little further with the opening of a new sub-office in Weno, Chuuk State, in the Federated States of Micronesia.
IOM has been operating in Micronesia since 2008 in support of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), in the area of disaster preparedness. More recently, a programme funded by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), focusing on climate change and disaster risk reduction necessitated the establishment of a permanent presence in Chuuk.