INTERGRATION OF CLIMATE CHANGE RISK AND RESILIENCE INTO FORESTRY MANAGEMENT IN SAMOA
The project, which is executed by the MNRE through implementation support by UNDP, complements other GEF-funded climate-change adaptation projects part of Samoa’s National Adaptation Program of Action (NAPA) in the sectors of Agriculture, Health and Tourism. This is the first project from GEF on ecosystem-based adaptation in tropical forests.
The ICCRIFS project aims to increase the resilience and adaptive capacity of Samoa’s forest areas and dependent communities to the threats of climate change. The project is implemented on Upolu and Savaii Islands covering 26 villages as main stakeholders in the conservation and sustainable management of their lowland agro-forestry areas (25,000 hectares) and three upland rainforests covering more than 10,000 hectares (Lake Lanotoo National Park, Mauga o Salafai National Park and the community upland forests of the Laulii-Falevao area). The three major components of the project are:
1. Integration of climate change Risks and Resilience into the Forestry policy Framework.
2. Demonstration of Climate Resilience Agro-forestry and Forestry Techniques in Lowland and upland Areas.
3. Capturing, Analyzing and Disseminating Project Knowledge and Lessons Learned.
The objective of the project is to strengthen institutional capacities to identify and address climate change risks for the management of native forests and agro-forestry areas. The focus of the project is four-fold; to integrate forest adaptation measures in forestry policy frameworks; to implement community-based adaptation measures across 26 villages that have stewardship over upland and lowland forests in order to increase the resilience of rural communities and protect their livelihoods from the impacts of climate change; to develop National Park and community upland forests adaptation plans and capture, analyze and disseminate lessons learned for adoption across Samoa’s communities.
This initiative will be implemented through the active engagement of all relevant line ministries including the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE), Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF), Ministry of Finance (MoF), Fire and Emergency Services Authority (FESA), Ministry of Women, Communities and Social development (MWCSD) and Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT), thereby ensuring cross- sectoral coordination throughout the policy-making, capacity building and implementation activities. The community-level implementation will be delivered through the engagement of community leaders in the selected project areas, with the support of national Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) active in rural development and environment issues. The active involvement of regional organizations, such as the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), will ensure provision of regional expertise on the technical and policy aspects of the initiative.