An Overview Of Our Solution
- Population Impacted:
- Continent: Oceania
PO Box 2461
Local resources the community depends on, and for what purpose
Local threats to resources
Level of sensitivity
Level of adaptive capacity
Establishment of A WaterFund. Identification of alternate income generating activities. Greater awareness of the value of ecosystem services. sense of ownership of community. Care for water and ecosystem. relocation/reduction of waste into rivers/streams. Improved food security through better farming practice/planning.
Economic Indicators used to measure benefit
Reduced deforestation for farming of sakau/kava.
Community/Social Indicators used to measure benefit
Cost of community meetings are normally bourn by the local government and partner NGOs. In Nett, communities also defray cost of meetings including preparation of food. Each meeting would cost around $1,000.00.
It is yet to be determined as to actual income generated. However, it well known in Nett that by protecting the ecosystem, crops seem to yield better. As to the water, it is anticipated that the cost of providing water will decrease as the need for filtering and chlorination decarease.
Ecological Indicators used to measure benefit
Income from farming and fishing as well as salary from government and private sector employment.
What were/are the challenges your community faced in implementing this solution?
Lack of understanding at first.
Describe the community-based process used to develop the solution including tools and processes used
(1)Consultation with Traditional Leadership, Communities and Local Government. (2) Payment for ecosystem Services Study (3) Conservation Action Planning workshop/report.
Climate hazard of concern
How does your solution reduce the exposure of and buffer/protect the ecosystem affected?
Solution allow community to work together and care for water supply/river. Increase awareness, thus empowering community to take responsibility over the management of the water supply/river.
How has your solution increased the capacity of the ecosystem to adapt to potential climate changes?
Activities improve the health of the river and protect the vegetation around the area, thus reducing the risk for erosion, land slides and other threats.
How does your solution reduce the exposure of and buffer/protect the communities affected?
Through increased awareness communities are prepared to address drought and floods including relocation of homes, pig-pens, farms and so forth.
How does your solution reduce the sensitivity of the communities affected?
With an informed community, people are aware of potential impacts of droughts, floods and other natural events and are prepared to adress them.
How has your solution increased the capacity of local communities to adapt to potential climate changes?
Communities are aware of the potential impacts of climate change including drought, floods, loss of crops, potential for relocation and are prepared to deal with these issues.
Can this solution be replicated elsewhere?