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Pacific Cities in Climate Change Initiative
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Project description

UN-Habitat’s Sustainable Urban Development Network (SUD-Net) is a global initiative advising and providing capacity-building support to local authorities through innovative approaches and solutions to urban, national and regional development planning issues to develop livable, productive and inclusive cities and environmental sustainability The Cities in Climate Change Initiative (CCCI), a component of SUD-Net, enhances the adaptive capabilities and responsiveness of local government to the challenges of climate change by supporting their improvement of governance structures, promoting the participation of civil society, testing innovative financing and investment mechanisms, sustainable construction and building materials, designing and implementing targeted strategies and action plans. In this setting, the CCCI is now being operationalised in less developing countries and SIDS including the special circumstances of the Pacific SIDS.
Location: Number of Pacific cities and towns
- The Urban Planning and Design Branch
Partner: Government, Local Authority,Civil Society Private Sector,United Nations,Research Institute Inter-Governmental Organization.
- The Urban Legislation, Land and Governance Branch
- Land & Tenure
- Environmental Sustainability
Budget: USD 10,000,000

Focus Area(s)

- FA1: Effective advocacy, monitoring and partnerships
- FA2: Promotion of participatory urban planning, management and governance
- FA3: Promote pro-poor land and housing
- FA4: Environmentally sound basic urban infrastructure and services


Global temperatures are projected to rise (IPCC, 2007) between 1.4 degrees C and 6.4 degrees C between 1990 and 2100 while global sea level rise is expected to rise by a metre or more in the same period (UNFCCC, Conference Copenhagen, March, 2009). In this context, the biggest challenge for Pacific SIDS is the issue of human displacement and likely relocation due to sea level rise. These impacts from sea level rise can constrain a country’s efforts to achieve the goals of sustainable development, especially through worsening poverty levels in developing, Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Small Island Developing states (SIDS). Some Pacific SIDS are only a few metres above sea level and are the most vulnerable to the potentially adverse effects of climate change. Importantly, many of the infrastructure assets of Pacific SIDS are located along the coastline. The impact of climate change in Pacific SIDS includes rise in sea levels with adverse consequences on coastal economies and cities, an increase in intensity and frequency of natural disasters like storms and cyclones on human settlements and infrastructure, and an increasing occurrence of storm surges, increased salinity of underground water reserves, reduced agricultural production and disrupted food supplies. Changes in agricultural production threaten SIDS food security while the World Health Organization (WHO) indicates climate change increases infectious diseases such as malaria, dengue and other vector based threats.


With SUD-Net serving as a global network hub for good sustainable urbanisation principles, practices and policies, and AusAID being the lead development partner for the PCCCI, the objectives of the Project are:

  • To mainstream adaptation, mitigation and resilience measures into city and community-level planning, governance and management approaches in selected Pacific SIDS.
  • To mainstream good climate resilient urban development and urbanization practices into supporting policies, strategies and legislative reforms at the national level, including NSDP’s in selected Pacific SIDS.
  • To share documented community, city and national lessons learned and good practice regionally amongst Pacific SIDS and regional agencies, and mainstream them into the Pacific Plan and other major regional plans and polices (such as those implemented by SPREP, SOPAC, etc), reinforced and supported by regional dialogues, policy learning and awareness.
  • o adapt global management and decision making tools to Pacific national, city and local level needs, and in turn ensure that Pacific good practice experiences are shared and linked to the global SUD-Net/CCCI network, including other SIDS.

Target Group

Pro-poor groups and infrastructure of cities vulenerable to the impacts of Global Warming 



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