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Project

Resilience to climate vulnerability and environmental risk (RECOVER) with a focus on small islands
 

Fiji
Maldives
Mauritius
Project ID
110158
Total Funding
CAD 1,197,504.00
IDRC Officer
Arjan De Haan
Project Status
Active
Duration
30 months

Programs and partnerships

Lead institution(s)

Summary

Small island developing states (SIDS) are on the frontlines of climate change. They consistently rank high on a range of risk and climate vulnerability indices and have limited ability to withstand significant shocks and changes.Read more

Small island developing states (SIDS) are on the frontlines of climate change. They consistently rank high on a range of risk and climate vulnerability indices and have limited ability to withstand significant shocks and changes. Maladaptive and climate-insensitive development practices – such as loss of intertidal habitat due to coastal erosion, high import dependency and centralized energy systems – magnify SIDS’ climate vulnerability. Mitigating these risks is crucial for small islands to withstand climate impacts and avoid cascading dysfunction of environmental, economic and social systems.

The goal of this project is to enhance small islands’ capacity to adapt to climate change through more inclusive and research-informed decision environments. It is centred on mitigating systemic risk related to critical resource availability, self-reliance and sustainability and (in)equities in cost and benefit distributions. Among its activities, the project will propose climate-resilient business models, develop a framework for metabolic risk assessment related to water, and identify the potential for reducing material and energy demands. The project will carry out four pilot studies in Mauritius, the Maldives and Fiji. This will create hubs of innovation and scalable and systems-changing climate-resilience approaches to enhance understanding of small island climate adaptation capacities and possibilities.

This project is part of the Climate Adaptation and Resilience initiative (CLARE) co-funded by the United Kingdom’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office and IDRC. CLARE is a five-year, CAD120-million initiative that aims to enable inclusive and sustainable action to build resilience to climate change and natural hazards for people across Africa and the Asia-Pacific.

About the partnership

Partnership(s)

Climate Adaptation and Resilience (CLARE)

CLARE is a Canada-UK partnership to enable socially inclusive and sustainable action to build resilience to climate change and natural hazards for people across the Global South.