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The Pacific Islands: Planning relocation now in order to reduce climate-induced displacement in the future

Fiji islands

The Pacific island states are particularly vulnerable to the negative consequences of climate change. Whilst they contribute only marginally to climate change, they suffer disproportionately from the negative impacts because of their geography, which leaves them with few options for adapting to climate change.

Many inhabitants are already exposed to extreme weather events such as cyclones and droughts. The expected rise in sea levels and in temperatures, the changes in patterns of precipitation, and the acidification of the oceans will exacerbate these risks even further and threaten the livelihoods of the people living on these islands.

The BMZ programme called "Coping with Climate Change in the Pacific Islands Region" supports participatory and inclusive processes in the planning and realisation of small-scale relocation measures. These activities are all part of a comprehensive programme of climate risk management geared to enhancing the competencies and capacities of the local population, their civil society partners, national authorities and regional organisations so that they are better able to cope with the negative impacts that climate change can bring.

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