What it's about:
A new project supported by the United Nations Development Programme and financed by the Green Climate Fund will benefit one in three people in one of the most vulnerable small island developing states.
Low-lying Tuvalu is at risk of rising sea levels and intensifying tropical storms exacerbated by climate change.
The seven-year coastal adaptation project will increase protection works from around 570 metres of coverage today to 2,780 metres, using ecosystem-based initiatives and geo-textile and rock revetments, among other measures.
While these will act as a buffer against storms, the project will also build the capacity and knowledge of government officials and local communities, including through education about climate risks.
Why it's noteworthy:
With the rate of sea level rise expected to increase unless the world does more to meet its promises to curb global warming, low-lying islands are in a race against time to protect their shorelines and coastal settlements.
Pacific Island nations have been vocal about their need for international finance and technical support to fight climate change - and this is one of the first projects in the region to be allocated money by the Green Climate Fund.
It will be closely watched for its effectiveness in building resilience to climate change impacts, and for its ability to catalyse additional finance for coastal adaptation, which is cited as one of its aims.
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