A European Union funded project that is currently being implemented in 15 Pacific ACP countries is gathering momentum in Tuvalu as it continues to establish safe and convenient water storage infrastructures in one of its three project sites. 

Climate Change is an issue that is devastating communities across the pacific with its effects becoming even more pronounced. As a way of building the resilience of these communities, modern and traditional coping mechanisms are being integrated into the lives of Pacific people.

Through the USP-EU Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA) project, Nukulaelae, a true coral atoll, has just successfully completed the construction of a water tank that will be used as a back-up during times of prolonged drought – which is an anomaly that is becoming more frequent in Tuvalu.

Following extensive community and stakeholder consultations that included community awareness trainings, vulnerability and adaptation assessments as well as the design of   adaptation action plans seven water tanks were provided to the community of Nukulaelae.

Each water tank is able to hold 1,500 liters of water. All the tanks were made as water catchments from a newly built chapel for the community.

These tanks use the rooftop of the chapel to catch and store water and act as water reservoirs for the community to use for future drought or when the community faces water shortages,” said the project’s Tuvalu In-country Coordinator, Ms. Teuleala Manuella-Morris.

“The aim of the community empowerment component is to create awareness amongst the communities to develop strategies to confront the impacts of climate changes on their islands.”

“Throughout the year, the project conducted advocacy programmes on future climate projections of Tuvalu and encouraged the communities to work on strategies to adapt to the impacts of climate change and have these strategies inserted into community Action Plans through the Kaupule (Council),” she said.

The EU GCCA project has been dubbed a success by not only the communities themselves but also from the partners that have been working on the project.

The implementation of the project in Tuvalu would not have been possible without the support from the National Project for Water Conservation, the Health Department, the University of the South Pacific (USP) research students, the Tuvalu Association for Non-Government Organisations (TANGO), Public Works Department, USP Tuvalu Campus, Department of Environment and other stakeholders that are members of the project’s National Project Advisory Committee (NPAC). 

The main purpose of the USP-EU GCCA project is to develop and strengthen the Pacific ACP countries capacity to adapt to the impacts of climate change.

Sister projects are also being implemented in Cook Islands, Fiji, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Nauru, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Palau, the Republic of Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. 

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