The Pacific Islands Countries and Territories (PICTs) are widely regarded as among the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change, including those of ocean acidification.
A major issue for PICTs over the coming decades therefore lies in their capacity to adapt and increase their resilience to such changes. But as greenhouse gases emissions continue almost unabated, the range of adaptation options shrinks, and they become more uncertain and costly. In addition, biodiversity is now a jeopardized asset in the Pacific, which further threatens local livelihoods and the resilience of Pacific communities to climate change.
Pacific Leaders are both committed to act and requiring support to do so, as expressed by the Majuro Declaration for climate leadership(Sept. 2013):
“Climate change has arrived. It is the greatest threat to the livelihoods, security and well-being of the peoples of the Pacific (…). We commit to be climate leaders. To lead is to act. (…) We, the Leaders of the Pacific Islands Forum, (…) call on our partners to enhance, accelerate and ensure the effective delivery of their support.”
RESCCUE is a regional project implemented by the Pacific Community (SPC).
The overall goal of RESCCUE is to contribute to increasing the resilience of Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs) in the context of global changes. To this end RESCCUE aims at supporting adaptation to climate change (ACC) through integrated coastal management (ICM), resorting especially to economic analysis and economic and financial mechanisms.
Alongside this overall objective at the regional level, RESCCUE has specific objectives at pilot sites level:
- Strengthen integrated coastal management and adaptation to climate change;
- Strengthen the use of economic analysis for integrated coastal management;
- Ensure economic and financial sustainability of integrated coastal management;
- Facilitate learning, dissemination and replication of experiences gained from pilot sites.
Each of these specific objectives has corresponding expected outcomes that are detailed in the logical framework of the project (link to “publications and project document” page).
Brief project overview
The RESCCUE project operates both at the regional level and in one to two pilot sites in four countries and territories: (1) New Caledonia, (2) Vanuatu, (3) Fiji and (4) French Polynesia.
RESCCUE is funded primarily by the French Development Agency (AFD) and the French Global Environment Facility (FFEM) for a duration of five years (01/01/2014 to 31/12/2018). The total project budget is 13 million Euros, including 6.5 million Euros from AFD/FFEM and about the same in co-funding.
Going carbon neutral
At the 43rd session of its Committee of Representatives of Governments and Administrations (CRGA), SPC adopted a Greenhouse GasEmission Reduction Strategy.
To minimize its carbon footprint, the management of the RESCCUE project is based on the three-step « Avoid-Reduce-Offset » scheme. The first two steps are being implemented through SPC’s headquarters environmental management policy (e.g. limiting energy consumption for daily office work), as well as carefully considering the need for project-related air travel.
As a last step, RESCCUE offsets all its greenhouse gases emissions that cannot be avoided nor reduced, through a partnership with Ekos, a New Zealand-based carbon offsetting charity and its Pacific Island rainforest carbon programme called Nakau Programme. The specific project that RESCCUE is purchaising carbon credits from is the Loru Forest Project, on Eastern Santo, Vanuatu. Each tonne of carbon dioxide emitted generates revenue for indigenous landowners at Loru, who are giving up rights to logging timber so as to generate carbon credits sold on the voluntary carbon market: 400 tons of CO2 are estimated to be emitted over the five years of RESCCUE’s implementation.
This scheme is certified by the Plan Vivo standard, the world’s leading fare trade, community-based rainforest carbon standard, officially making RESCCUE the first SPC carbon neutral project.
Have a look at the article: RESCCUE walking the talk on carbon neutrality in the pacific
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