Development of a Climate Change Policy Framework for Palau
The Republic of Palau is vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and climate variability. Palau already experiences several of these impacts, e.g. sea level rise, higher sea surface temperatures and coral bleaching events, increased flooding and drought events, and loss of biodiversity. These impacts undermine Palau’s efforts towards sustainable development. Whilst Palau is ongoing in it active engagement in addressing climate change, a coordinated national framework was needed to guide the many diverse initiatives across multiple organisations. The Pacific Community (SPC) provided support to the Government of Palau through assisting with the development of a Climate Change Policy Framework, through the Global Climate Change Alliance: Pacific Small Island States project funded by the European Union (EU) and the Coping with Climate Change in the Pacific Island Region program funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The EU and BMZ programs were both implemented under the SPC climate change one-team approach with the aim to strengthen capacities of Pacific Island Countries to adapt to and mitigate climate change, in collaboration with other key regional players.
Under this assignment, FCG New Zealand prepared the Climate Change Policy Framework with main objective to provide clear national guidance for decision making and actions that will build the resilience of Palau to climate change as well as reduce greenhouse gas emissions and articulate Palau’s position on climate change across all sectors and at all levels (community, state, national and international).