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. As part of our commitment to the region, we have committed $300 million from 2016 to 2020 to take action on climate change and build disaster resilience. Australia’s support to climate change and disaster resilience in the Pacific includes dedicated aid initiatives aimed at strengthening resilience, as well as a comprehensive effort to integrate climate change and disaster resilience into the Pacific aid program.

Regional initiatives

Australia is working with Pacific island countries and regional organisations on a series of programs to strengthen climate and disaster resilience. These initiatives aim to: increase access to climate information; improve climate and disaster risk governance; strengthen preparedness; and make climate and disaster resilience activities more gender and socially inclusive.

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Australia Pacific Climate Partnership

Climate and Oceans Support Program in the Pacific (COSPPac2)

$26 million, 2017-2022

The Climate and Oceans Support Program in the Pacific (COSPPac2) supports 14 Pacific meteorological services to monitor, analyse and communicate information about climate and oceans, including seasonal forecasts and sea level rise.  Information on rainfall and tides helps communities, sectors (like agriculture, health and fisheries) and governments to make decisions and prepare for the season ahead.The program is implemented by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology.

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Climate and Oceans Support Program in the Pacific (COSPPac2)

Pacific Resilience and Governance Program (PRGP)

$10 million, 2019-2022

The PRGP is working to integrate climate and disaster risks in Pacific national and sub-national plans and policies. The program has supported national climate change advisers to develop policies across a range of sectors. For example, in Vanuatu, it has worked with agricultural policymakers to support the trial of resilient crops. The program has worked with Fiji, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu, and is now expanding to other countries.

Australian Humanitarian Partnership Disaster READY Program

$50 million, 2018-2022

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.

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Disaster READY Regional

Australian Red Cross Partnership

$28 million, 2015-2020

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.

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Humanitarian Policy and Partnerships – Australian Red Cross

Australia Assists

$82.2 million, 2017-2025 (30 percent commitment to the Pacific)

Australia Assists is a civilian deployment program, which deploys technical experts to disaster management authorities as part of its Pacific commitment. The program gives highly skilled humanitarian experts the opportunity to make a real difference and build the resilience of Pacific partners before, during and after disaster or conflict. For example, a legislation specialist recently concluded an assignment to help develop the Kiribati Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Act 2019

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Australia Assists

Last Updated: 9 August 2019