A technical assistance program that seeks to mainstream climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction in the Pacific Region.


For a region that has been impeded by limited capacity, knowledge, and financing in climate change, the Pacific Region developed an ambitious SPCR in 2012 with the ADB and the World Bank to address climate challenges. The Pacific’s SPCR seeks to facilitate a regional integration of climate change adoption and disaster risk reduction for Pacific countries to become more resilient to climate change.

In 2013, the Implementation of the Strategic Program for Climate Resilience project, or regional capacity development technical assistance (R-CDTA) project, made possible by a CIF allocation of $3.7 million, will support mainstreaming climate change adoption and disaster risk reduction into local and national development. Total project costs are approximately $3.89 million and will enable the region to improve the quality of life of its most vulnerable populations, while increasing the climate resilience of the Pacific countries.

Objectives and Outputs: 

CIF’s PPCR financing will strengthen the resilience of Pacific island countries to the impact of climate change and related disaster risks by strengthening their capacity to mainstream climate change and disaster risks into development. Direct beneficiaries include the region’s climate vulnerable populations. By 2023, R-CDTA is expected to reduce poor and food insecure populations by 10%. The R-CDTA will provide strategic and technical support to Pacific countries through: (i) improved access to resourcing information, (ii) identification of funding opportunities, and (iii) Pacific knowledge sharing.

R-CDTA seeks to develop country and sector-specific tools for mainstreaming adaptation and risk reduction measures. The project will establish and operationalize a Regional Technical Support Mechanism (RTSM), to facilitate response to climate change adoption and disaster risk reduction needs; and a rapid response fund (RRF), to finance 159 consultants from RTSM. An advisory panel of 11 members will provide strategic guidance and advice in the implementation of the SPCR under the R-CDTA in conjunction with the CROP agencies. The ADB is the implementing agent of R-CDTA, with an anticipated project completion by April 2016.

This project summary is drawn from draft project proposals [such as the PAD, PID, SAR, and country investment plan] and may not contain the most up-to-date information.

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Project Details
Cover Note | Technical Assistance | Supplementary Appendices | MDB Project Implementation Services (MPIS) | Proposed Decision
Approved on February 21, 2013 (Approved Decision)
Approved amount(s):
USD 3.691 million (grant funding)
USD 375,000 (Final tranche)

Comments from the Sub-Committee: 
United Kingdom (February 20, 2013) 
Germany and Spain (February 21, 2013) 
United States (February 21, 2013) 
Japan (February 21, 2013)