Overview
Population:195.1 thousand (2016)
GDP Growth:7.1 % (2016)

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CO2 Emissions per capita:1.0 metric tons (2014)
Inflation:1.3 % (2016)
Source: World Bank

As a Small Island Developing State (SIDS) located in the southwest Pacific Ocean, Samoa is particularly vulnerable to climate change. The growing risk from increased frequency and intensity of climate hazards poses a growing challenge to its economic development. SIDS are especially vulnerable due to their social, institutional and economic characteristics—small size, food and water insecurity, limited economies of scale and isolation from markets, dependence on import foods and fuels, poverty and growing urbanization, fragile ecosystems and susceptibility to natural disasters.

One of the major challenges for Samoa is ensuring that the impacts of climate change do not reverse its hard won development gains. This is especially important for isolated communities, women, children, youth and the disabled.

Samoan coast. - Photo: Flickr/Sarah|Rose
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80%

... the percent of coastline that is sensitive or highly sensitive to erosion, flooding, or landslip.

Samoa will use resources from the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR) to develop and implement a Strategic Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (SPCR). The SPCR prioritizes investments that will focus on shifting from project-based interventions to a broader programmatic approach to building resiliency.

As part of the Pacific regional program Samoa will link with, and be supported by, each of the components of the Pacific regional track.