Cook Island News, 16th May 2018

The island of Aitutaki has been busy improving its resilience to the effects of climate change.

Arun Rijal and Melina Tuiravakai from Climate Change Cook Islands (CCCI) have just returned from Aitutaki where they visited farms, coastal areas, and nurseries to monitor progress being made.

The five-year Strengthening the Resilience of our Islands and our Communities to Climate Change (SRIC-CC) initiative aims to strengthen the ability of islands and communities in the outer islands to manage the anticipated consequences of climate change. The SRIC-CC aims to carry out these improvements in a “pro-active, integrated and strategic manner”.

The programme supports the implementation of the Cook Islands’ new Joint National Action Plan (JNAP) for Disaster Risk Management (DRM) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA).

The programme is funded by the Adaptation Fund, established under the Kyoto Protocol of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Since 2010 it has committed $694.88 million to 76 countries, to assist with climate adaptation and resilience activities.

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