Completed: 2016-2021
Total Amount USD 23,903,456
Countries: Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

USAID Climate Ready Project

Following the landmark COP21 in December 2015, the Conference attendees agreed to provide
substantial financing and support through international donors and funds to address climate change. As
a part of this movement, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) launched the
Climate Ready Project which aims to support Pacific Island Countries (PICs) as they adapt to climate

USAID Climate Ready will work with target countries to ensure that policy frameworks and
capacity are in place to effectively access and manage the additional funds, by assisting them to:

a. Draft, legislate and implement national, sub-national and sectoral policies, regulations and legal frameworks required to achieve adaptation goals as identified in national adaptation plans; b. Access larger amounts of adaptation finance by developing and submitting fundable adaptation proposals to accredited Regional or Multilateral Implementing Entities (RIEs and MIEs), and, where appropriate, pursue National Implementing Entity (NIE) status; c. Improve the skills and systems of relevant governmental entities and private sector project implementers to effectively manage, monitor and report on the implementation of funded adaptation projects.

USAID Climate Ready will work with target Pacific Island Countries to achieve their climate change
adaptation goals by assisting them to develop and implement climate action policies and plans in a
manner that is country-driven, coordinated, inclusive and equitable. The ultimate outcome of USAID
Climate Ready will be tangible progress toward the implementation of an increased number of
adaptation interventions that are aligned with PICs’ National Adaptation Plans so countries become
more resilient to climate change and disaster risks.

USAID Climate Ready is focused on achieving three intermediate results (IRs):
i. IR 1: National, sub-national and sectoral policies, regulations and legal frameworks, and
institutional arrangements necessary for achieving adaptation goals as identified in national
adaptation plans are in place and in practice;
ii. IR 2: PICs’ abilities to access international, multilateral climate change funds increased;
iii. IR 3: Timely and successful adaptation project implementation increased by building professional
capacity and management systems to coordinate, manage, monitor and report on adaptation

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In order to achieve these results, the USAID Climate Ready project applies the following
implementation principles to guide the overall strategy and direct how USAID Climate Ready operates
and delivers its results:
 Prioritize climate financing as the principal project driver;
 Challenge PIC leadership to address policy gaps and social inequalities;
 Leverage counterpart exchange to share experience and fill gaps;
 Support design and implementation of Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) projects at scale
through practitioner-led initiatives;
 Link capacity building support to actual CCA projects;
 Leverage existing information and best practices to jump start implementation;
 Expand impact through e-learning and other innovative tools.

As crosscutting themes, USAID Climate Ready will promote gender equality and social inclusion,
public/private partnerships and effective coordination across donors and national governments.
USAID Climate Ready works in 12 Pacific Island Countries and for operational purposes are divided into
three sub-regions which are serviced by three sub-regional offices: Port Moresby, Pohnpei and Suva
(which is co-located with the Project Field Office).

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