The objective of the activity is to support the Government of Kiribati to identify key factors and plan for the climate resilience, basic infrastructure servicing, and financing of safe and affordable dense human (urban) settlements in low-lying atolls. Considering the limited public sector and human resources available in the Small Island Developing State context, the initiative takes an incremental approach to building data sets and analyses for evidence-informed, climate resilient approaches to urban settlements in Kiribati. Specifically: (i) Collation and analysis of the drivers of urbanization and how these are affected by disaster risk and climate change impacts, and management arrangements; (ii) assessment of policy, technical and financing options and adaptation measures for climate-resilient (particularly to inundation risk) and affordable (by mid- and low-income groups) mixed land use settlements; and (iii) preparation of feasible policies and development of risk tools to guide vulnerability reduction, for future replication and scale up of this holistic approach to climate-resilient settlements in Kiribati. The approaches could then be replicated in other low-lying atoll countries.

Which Areas of Engagement are covered by this grant?

Open Access to Risk Information
Hydromet Services and Early Warning Systems
Financial Protection
Inclusive Disaster Risk Management & Gender Equality
Resilient Recovery

Sendai Priorities

Priority 1Understanding disaster risk
Priority 2Strengthening disaster risk governance to manage disaster risk
Priority 3Investing in disaster risk reduction for resilience
Priority 4Enhancing disaster preparedness for effective response and to “Build Back Better” in recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction