Pacific Regional—climate change and resilience

Australia is working more closely than ever with the Pacific on issues of greatest concern to them, including climate change. Pacific island countries reaffirmed the strategic and economic threat climate change poses to our region through the 2019 Pacific Islands Forum Kainaki Declaration or Urgent Climate Change Action, which Australia’s Prime Minister joined other Pacific Island Forum Leaders in issuing. This is the strongest collective statement Pacific Island Forum (PIF) Leaders have ever issued on climate change.

In August 2019, Australia committed to spend $500 million over five years from 2020 to help Pacific nations invest in climate change and disaster resilience. This builds on our current $300 million commitment over four years from 2016. Australia and Pacific Island countries will hold bilateral climate change dialogues to identify climate and disaster resilience priorities and ambitions and tailor our development partnerships accordingly.

This approach supports the Framework for Resilient Development in the Pacific, endorsed by Leaders at the 2016 PIF Leaders’ Meeting as an integrated and coordinated approach to addressing climate change and disaster risk management in the Pacific. 

All infrastructure supported through the $2 billion Australian Infrastructure Financing Facility for the Pacific (AIFFP) will be built to withstand the impacts of climate change and natural disasters. The AIFFP will also fund projects which support renewable and lower emissions energy generation and transmission.

Bilateral Support

Australia’s support to strengthen climate change and disaster resilience in the Pacific includes a comprehensive effort to integrate climate change and disaster resilience into the Pacific aid program. The fact sheets below showcase some of the practical and meaningful support Australia is providing through bilateral programs to strengthen resilience.

Regional Programs

Australia also supports many region-wide programs with a dedicated focus on climate and disaster resilience, including partnerships with regional organisations.

Australia Pacific Climate Partnership

Supports Pacific governments to deliver climate and disaster resilient development and low-carbon growth by brokering climate and disaster science and information services through the following regional programs.

1. Climate and Oceans Support Program in the Pacific (COSPPac)

$23.3 million, 2017-18 to 2021-22

Supports 14 Pacific meteorological services to monitor, analyse and communicate information about climate and oceans to communities and businesses.

Climate and Oceans Support Program in the Pacific

2. Australia Pacific Climate Partnership Support Unit

$22.6 million, 2018 to 2022

Enables aid program managers and implementing partners to integrate climate and disaster resilience in aid investments.

The Climate Partnership Support Unit also supports work of the CSIRO on:

Knowledge brokering for climate futures to build community and private sector resilience with a focus on agriculture, tourism and livelihoods in PNG and Solomon Islands($2 million, including $0.6 million from CSIRO, 2019 to 2022); and Next Generation Climate Projections for the Western Tropical Pacific ($1.36 million, including $0.16 million from CSIRO 2018-2020) to update Australian-funded climate projections, and demonstrate how they can help to manage the likely impacts on Pacific people, assets and livelihoods.

Australia Pacific Climate Partnership

3. Pacific Risk Governance Program

$10.4 million, 2018-19 to 2021-22

Works with Pacific governments to deliver risk informed development through national and sub-national agencies, plans and policies.

Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Program (SPREP) Core Funding

$12.9 million, 2018 to 2021

Provides core funding to SPREP as the lead Pacific regional organisation for climate change action.

Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Program

Australian Humanitarian Partnership Disaster READY Program

$50 million, 2018 to 2022

The Disaster READY Program is supporting national actors, communities and organisations in Fiji, Vanuatu, PNG and Solomon Islands to prepare for, and reduce the risks of, disasters. Working with six Australian NGOs and local partners, the program is supporting over 100 communities to map risks, establish disaster committees and develop inclusive disaster plans.

Disaster READY Regional

Australian Red Cross Partnership

$28 million, 2015 to 2020

The Australian Red Cross Partnership is working with national Red Cross societies to build their capacity to provide life-saving assistance to communities in the Pacific. This includes collecting data on disaster risk, raising community awareness and investing in early warning initiatives. We will launch a new five-year partnership with the Australian Red Cross in late 2019.

Humanitarian Policy and Partnerships – Australian Red Cross

Pacific Ocean Litter Project

$16 million, 2019 to 2025

Supports implementation of the Pacific Regional Action Plan on Marine Litter.

Pacific Ocean Litter Project

Community Based Fisheries Management Project: Phase 2

$8 million, 2017 to 2021

Helps build coastal resilience to external threats such as the impacts of climate change and illegal fishing in Kiribati, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.

Pacific Blue Carbon Program

$6 million, 2018 to 2021

Supports national climate action and livelihoods in PNG and Fiji, through enhanced measurement and investment in blue carbon ecosystems.

International Partnership for Blue Carbon

Pacific Women Climate Change Negotiators Training

$1.5 million, 2017 to 2020

Supports female delegates from Pacific Island countries to participate effectively in international climate change meetings.

Pacific Resilience Partnership

$0.6 million, 2018 to 2022

Supports Pacific regional organisations to implement the Framework for Development in the Pacific.

Pacific Resilience Partnership



Last Updated: 17 October 2019